May 30, 2017

5 Travel Books that Make Perfect Holiday Gifts for Kids

adventures in busy places-lonely planet kidsThe holidays are nearly here and if you’d like to inspire wanderlust in your children this year, there are a variety of new books designed to do just that. I think you’ll find that each book or book series is well-suited for children who will want to spend hours learning more about their world through these fun and colorful books. Here are five of my favorites:

1. The Adventures in… Series. For young children (ages 3-5), Lonely Planet Kids recently launched a new Adventures in… series with titles like Adventures in Busy Places and Adventures in Wild Places. Each colorful book features a mix of hands-on activities, fun facts, maps and loads of stickers that teach children about the world around them from Mumbai to Tokyo to the Serengeti in Kenya.

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 Paris, Mission London 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, recently released a few new titles in her popular The Kid’s Guide to… series, including The Kid’s Guide to Denver, Boulder & Colorado’s Ski Country, The Kid’s Guide to San Francisco 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. Amazing World Atlas. Also from Lonely Planet Kids, look for Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life, a large, colorful book chock full of maps, photos and infographics designed to engage little ones with the world before taking a big trip. Inside you’ll also find plenty of fun facts and tidbits about popular culture and what life is really like in countries and cities all over the world.

5. National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas. While not new, if you’re thinking about a road trip with your kids, it’s a must to gift the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas this year. Since we’re planning for a cross-country road trip  next summer, my kids and I have already been perusing the maps for each state and five cool things to do that are listed for each one.

Do you have any favorite travel books that you’ve picked up for your kids? Let me know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. However, the views and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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