Hi, everyone, Sher A Hart here with a guest post by Maria Hughes of Children’s Bookstore to help you gear up for spring break and summer travel with children. Or if you can’t travel this year, these books will be great to make your kids feel like they went somewhere. Because I’m busy doing taxes, I’m not adding the usual giveaway links, but it shouldn’t take much time to scroll back through recent posts to find the ones still open. Sorry about that, but with the IRS, time is money. Hint, the previous post is a Kindle Fire giveaway!
I hope your and your children get to enjoy some of these books. You can find them through my Amazon store or click Maria’s links above or below. Happy reading!
Giving your child books about traveling will not only help get them excited and informed about an upcoming trip or vacation, but it can fuel their learning experience while on the road. If your child loves traveling, travel books (or books that concern travel) can also be a great way to get him or her interested in other subjects as well, such as art, science, and history.
Visiting historic places can help children get a different perspective and add unique dimensions to their learning experience. Although many have recognized the importance of children books on travel, this genre has only recently begun to develop. Here are five travel books and children’s series that will help your child identify with a region, monument, country, or historical event and get more joy out of traveling.
Field Guide to the Water’s Edge
For the child interested in the ocean and marine life, National Geographic’s Field Guide to the Water’s Edge, is a wonderful introduction to the flora and fauna that inhabit the distinctive environment between sea and land in North America, as well as to how beaches, rivers, lakes, and oceans are formed. The 288 page book examines the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (as far up as Alaska) and also takes a look at the beaches of rivers and lakes, including the Great Lakes of the Midwest. The book also offers safety hints for beach traveler — all in all providing an accessible, fascinating look at shores all over North America.
Eye Witness books
The Eye Witness book series has books on various subjects, but includes many books that can particularly enhance a child’s travel experiences, such as biographical books, books about ancient regions and cultures, and books on modern cities. Books about real people can add a dimension of interest for children and give them a real context in which to place the historical significance of the sites they see while traveling. Books like First Ladies, for instance, by Amy Pastan, would be a great to give a child before visiting the White House.
Aztec, Inca, & Maya
If you’re planning to visit South or Central America, Aztec, Inca, & Maya, by Elizabeth Baquedano, would be a good starting point for your child’s understanding of the ancient cultures of the Americas. Finally, books likes Chicago outline the exciting intrigues, romances, and recent history of modern cities. Depending on where you are going, the Eye Witness series would be a good place to check for books pertaining to your particular destination.
Around the World with Phineas Frog
This inventive and interactive geographical puzzle book (by Paul Adshead and Toni Goffe) took the world by storm when it first came out, and continues to get rave reviews. As Phineas Frog and his daughter travel the world by balloon, the reader is given different hints about where they are, and asked to guess which countries they have visited at the end. This book will not only help children learn about geography and different countries of the world, but can help generate interest for traveling and world knowledge.
As the world shrinks in the 21st Century, world travel will not only become easier, but also more essential. Great travel books won’t just teach children about the world and provide them with learning opportunities, but will also entertain children and impress them with their own desire to travel and learn about the world.
Maria L Hughes is a children’s book enthusiast, parent, and online publisher for childrensbookstore.com. She enjoys blogging about reading and kids books.
I’ve invited Maria back for a giveaway after tax season, so keep your eyes open. Not all night like I used to do, hiding under the covers with a flashlight to read. Try a reading walk instead. As long as you keep your book high enough to watch the road (peripheral vision is great for that), it’s better for your health than reading in bed or sitting down. And all that practice helped me along the way to becoming a professional editor. That’s something I never dreamed of doing. But oh, what fun!
One last note. If you don’t see the Kindle Fire giveaway below, click here. I don’t want you to miss that one. Enjoy!