Seven “Travel” Books to Keep Your Kids Entertained


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Missing travel? Take your kids on a virtual journey around the globe — and beyond — with these kids’ “travel” books

If you are anything like me, then this fall might find you pining for the days of old. Remember when it was possible to hop onto a plane at a moment’s notice and jet off to a faraway location?

The past nearly two years of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and general angst about the coronavirus have put a big dent in travel plans for many of us, stealing away chances to visit friends and relatives and to explore the world.

I miss catching up in person, seeing friends’ homes, and trying new foods. But there’s one thing I miss that I can get a little of at home: Learning about a new (or old) place via books.

My son used to grab our travel books off the shelf. That’s probably because they were on a shelf just at his height, but I like to think he wanted to explore, too. Whether you’re traveling these days or not, books can offer a nice window into other parts of the world — and kids’ books are no exception. Here are seven “travel” books that have provided joy to everyone in my house, adults included. 

The “Travel” Books

Around the globe

1. Follow Me Around the World by Roger Priddy. I love Priddy books in general, but this one has always been a big hit at our house. I spotted it at one of my favorite local bookshops (Bards Alley in Vienna) just in time for my son’s first birthday, and it was a big hit. 

2. Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Maps are our son’s obsession of the moment. (“Mom Mom, can I see the map on your phone?” “Mom Mom, can you show me where Grandma and Pap live on your computer map?”) So my husband snagged this fabulous collection of maps from around the world to keep him — and us — entertained. The book is full of interesting facts about the places it maps out. (Did you know the composer Frederic Chopin was Polish? I did not.)

3. A is for Australia by Frané Lessac. I bought this book for my husband when we first moved to Sydney, a year before we knew we were going to have a kid. (We have a tradition of buying each other kids books for Christmas.) Like Maps and Sasek books, this one is interesting for both kids and adults alike. I learned a lot about the country we were living in at the time — and even added some cities to my Australia “to-see” list —by reading this book.

Iconic places

4. Landmarks by Katie Wilson. This super-simple board book features easy-to-recognize images of some of the world’s iconic structures, including the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, along with the name of the feature and its location. A great way to introduce the littlest littles to places around the globe!

 5. Off to the Beach! by Cocoretto. This great tactile book features the textures of the beach, including scratchy sand, clingy wetsuits and smooth and shiny water pails — a nice way to teach your baby about playtime at the shore.

Out-of-this-world travel

6. This is the Way to the Moon by Miroslav Sasek. If you’ve not yet discovered Sasek books, you’re in for a treat. The beautiful illustrations, witty writing and treasure troves of facts are a treat for kids and parents alike — think Peanuts specials, but with more learning. My son spotted this one on a high shelf at a used book shop in Staunton, Va., and has been reading it ever since. (Of course, this is about the farthest travel a consumer can currently dream of — but as the news this year has shown us, it is something we can in fact dream of now.)

7. Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by Mark Edward Kelly and C.F. Payne — Finally, why not dream about a place that no one can really go right now? This adorable tale of a hero “mousetronaut” is co-written by real-life (retired) astronaut Mark Kelly.

 Do you have any kids’ travel books that you love? Let us know!

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