The love of travel can be sparked at an early age through books.
Whether read alongside snuggles at bedtime, or in the airplane ready to take off, books can unlock a child’s curiosity while teaching them about the world. Here are a few of our favorites that take little ones on travel adventures near and afar.
A Dr. Seuss classic, this book not only encourages adventures but is also the perfect gift to welcome a newborn or for a birthday.
A sweet reminder that no matter where you travel, you will always be connected to your family. This book is one of our top gift recommendations for young kids or new parents.
This book beautifully illustrates that the concept of “home”is more than just a place, but rather, a feeling. Home could be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, on the road or even on the sea.
Maps by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinska
This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.
The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan and Sol Linero
Kids will be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps.
The All Aboard! board book series celebrates the unique qualities of places around the globe, and we’re especially fans of this introduction to national parks. Consider this when looking for the perfect souvenir or building a geography collection for tots.
Take a trip downriver with Huckleberry Finn and your kids. Crisp illustrations help little ones learn camping vocabulary such as “raft,” “river,” and “fishing line” while carefully curated quotations from the original text will have parents reading with the best of Mark Twain.
Whether you’re visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil, or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of all ages.
Take a tour of Toronto, look around Lisbon or hot-foot it to Helsinki with this global adventure in a book. A search-and-find game on every page helps young readers explore every city and spot the hundreds of details that makes each place unique.
The Hello, World series pairs early learning concepts with colorful illustrations of cities around the globe. In this stylish book, little ones explore numbers all over San Francisco.
This charming rhyming book is a great introduction to the sights and culture of Paris and ends with a sweet good night wish: At the end of our trip, au revoir and bonne nuit! Je t’aime my dear one, and je t’aime to Paree!”
Part of a colorful series, big-hearted New York shines in this classic. Consider this great read to get kids excited for a trip to the city.
Cross the pond and explore the city on the Thames: feed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, marvel at the spinning lights of the London Eye, and say good night to London’s landmark skyline.
by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
In the Little People, Big Dreams series, kids can discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The book follows Amelia Earhart, whose strong will and self-belief helped her overcome prejudice and technical problems to become the first female flier to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean.
by Ludwig Belmelmans
Here, collected in one volume, are all the tales of Madeline, a fearless little girl full of mischief and vitality. Kids of all ages will enjoy reading about Madeline’s adventures around whimsical Paris.
An apple pie is easy to make…if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients.
by Jackie Clark Mancuso
This book’s message about embracing change when moving to or visiting a new city will spark courage alongside a desire to learn a new language.
by Lonely Planet Kids
The best adventures start at home. Through this book kids learn that you don’t need to trek to the South Pole or hack your way through a rainforest to explore our wonderful world.
This coloring book features gorgeous designs of the sights and scenes for an epic American road trip. Who knows, it may spark inspiration for your family’s next adventure!
What are some of your favorite travel books for kids? Let us know in the comments!
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