I’ve long been a fan of Lonely Planet guidebooks and have become an even bigger fan since they started creating the “Not for Parents” series of travel books just for kids. These books are less about guiding you and your kids through a city or country (or continent) and more about sharing fun and quirky facts about different cultures, traditions and cuisines, which in my mind provides a perfect introduction for children.
I recently had a chance to explore the latest editions in the “Not for Parents” series of books and my kids loved reading about the smelly shark meat they eat in Iceland and hotel furniture made from salt in Bolivia. They read interesting facts and stories in these colorful picture books, but they almost can’t believe they can be true. I mean really, a small sack of nutmeg could buy you a nice-sized house in London in the 16th century? They sit back in awe, then dive back in to read more fun facts in these books.
There are six new “Not for Parents” books for kids and families. Among the new books are Not for Parents: Europe, Not for Parents: Asia, Not for Parents: South America and Not for Parents: Africa. They also released Not for Parents: How to Be a Dinosaur Hunter, which highlights how to find dinosaur bones, both in museums around the world and even in national parks, like the Badlands in South Dakota. Last, there’s Not for Parents: The Real Wonders of the World. This book gives kids the scoop on everything from Area 51 to Rio’s Carnival to the buried city of Pompeii.
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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of each of the six new Lonely Planet “Not for Parents” books to review for this post, which contains affiliate links for the books. However, the views and opinions expressed here are purely my own.