The holidays are nearly here and if you’d like to inspire wanderlust in your children in the new year, there are a variety of travel books just for kids that are designed to do just that. Each book or book series is well-suited for children eager to learn about the world around them through these fun and colorful books. Here are five of my favorites:
1. The Adventures in…Series. For young children, Lonely Planet Kids added three new books to its Adventures in… series including Adventures in Famous Places, Adventures in Smelly Places and Adventures in Noisy Places. Each colorful book features a mix of hands-on activities, fun facts, maps and stickers that teach children about the world around them from London to Mumbai to Tokyo.
2. The Mission Series. I’ve long been a fan of scavenger hunts as a way to engage children when taking in the sights in your hometown or half a world away, so the Mission series is worth a look. Titles like Mission Rome, Mission London, Mission Barcelona and Mission Washington, DC making learning fun as you and your kids traipse across cities exploring attractions and learning the history behind landmarks.
3. The Kid’s Guide to… Series. Fellow family travel writer, Eileen Ogintz, has written a number of travel guides just for children as part of her The Kid’s Guide to… series, including The Kid’s Guide to Denver, Boulder & Colorado’s Ski Country and The Kid’s Guide to San Diego. Each book is designed so that kids can be involved in the trip planning process while learning fun facts and playing games.
4. More Lonely Planet Kids Selections. Also from Lonely Planet Kids, look for The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World and Adventures Around the Globe, both of which were released last month. Both books are chock full of colorful maps, photos and infographics designed to engage little ones with the world before taking a big trip overseas or just over the border.
5. National Geographic Kids Books. While not a new book, one of my favorite kids travel books is the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas, which has plenty of maps, must-do activities and fun facts for every U.S. state. Another one of my favorites is the National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A. This one really came in handy during our cross-country adventure over the summer.
Do you have any favorite travel books for kids? Let me know in the comments section below.
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