6 best travel books — for your kids
By Aimee Heckel
We all know habits form early. So why not ignite your child’s passion for travel and curiosity in the world from the very beginning?
Travel books are a great addition to your youngster’s bookshelf for many reasons. First, they widen your child’s scope of reality — geographically, culturally, historically. Plus, imagining far-away lands sparks the dreamer in all of us. And, reading a book that takes place in your own fantasy destination can be more exciting for parents than reading yet another book about Curious George and the man in the yellow hat.
Here are some of our favorite books for young travelers — or world dreamers, as it were.
Littlest ones: “Animals of Africa,” by William Douglas. This is a simple, very inexpensive (only $2.99) children’s picture book to introduce them to all of the interesting creatures of the world.
Toddler: “Good Night, Colorado,” by various authors. This “Good Night” book series offers a wide range of books specific to different cities and locations around the country. It’s a fun way for your kid to learn new words — and recognize places he can visit in your home town.
Ages 4 to 8: “Kate in London,” by James Mayhew. Talk about sparking your child’s imagination. In this book, a young girl rides one of the Trafalgar Square Lions. A charming story. Not to mention, the artwork is gorgeous.
Grades 3 to 6: “Melanie in Manhattan,” by Carol Weston. This is the fourth book in a series about fifth-grader and diary-writer, Melanie Martin, as she deals with living in New York City.
Age 8 and up: “The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book,” by Erik A. Hansen. Bring this on a vacation (hello, road trip!), or even play at home. Make your own postcard, do puzzles and quizzes and learn new songs. Do they make one of these for adults?
Bonus, for the “big kids” in the family: “Let’s Take the Kids to London,” by David Stewart White. This is a parents’ guide to planning an awesome family vacation in London. There should be a book like this for every city.
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