Trying to keep the kids entertained whilst at home? What better way than to take them across the globe through the power of books. We know it’s not the same as actually travelling but it does allow kids to transport themselves through their imagination. Here’s our list of the 10 best children’s travel related books to keep them dreaming of travel and holidays.
1. The Dodsworth Series
This series of books sees Dodsworth and his friend (a rather cute duck) take trips around the word to explore exciting capital cities and take on adventures. Within the Dodsworth series, one of the books help to transport young readers to the streets of Paris where they explore the Eiffel Tower and see the sights. It turns out to be a great holiday for them, as well as the reader!
2. A day at the airport
If your child has been to the airport before, they probably know how busy and crazy it can be, but most likely don’t really understand why. This book follows the characters Huckle and Sally Cat and Lowly Worm as they find out what happens at the airport. From learning all about the terminal, the control tower to the runway, it’s packed full of fun and there is lots to spot on every page.
3. Molly and the magic suitcase
These books are inspired by food, family and friends and see a brother and sister trek to faraway places using a magic suitcase. This series of books sees Molly and Michael learn about language, culture, cuisine, and make new friends. Molly and Michael travel to Rome in the first book of the series and meet a new friend called Marco – he shows them around the city and answers the big question on Molly’s mind: how do Italians eat spaghetti?!
With stunning illustrations, these beautiful maps are not only geographically informative but also include plenty of culture, history, personality, animals and more, associated with each region. Kids will love flipping through and learning more about the world we live in.
5. Atlas of adventures
Set your child’s spirit for adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. With over 100 activities and challenges to enjoy, children can explore the world from the comfort of an armchair with this fabulous atlas. With beautiful illustrations and interesting facts, little ones will love picking up this brilliant book.
6. Hello World
This lovely series of books uses colourful and informative illustrations of cities around the world to teach little ones about travel. Paired with early learning concepts, it’s perfect for younger children. In the Hello Rio de Janeiro book, it explores the cities culture, architecture, food and people.
7. My First Plane Trip
If you’re planning a future holiday and your children are nervous about flying, prepare them with this book that teaches them all about the plane journey that starts your family holiday. It teaches kids about packing, check-in, security, boarding, taking off and landing and is all covered in simple terms with real photos. Best for children aged 5 to 9 years.
8. Diary of a wimpy kid: The Long Haul
The diary of the wimpy kid series is a popular set of books amongst children aged 5 – 8 years old. The ninth book in the series is travel related ‘Diary of a wimpy kid: The Long Haul’ and sees the Heffley’s family head off on a road trip. It’s laugh out loud funny as it documents some of the hiccups and arguments that sometimes come from family trips but also the exciting adventures that come with travelling the country.
9. Not for parents: The Travel Book
Have you got a child who wants to know everything about every country in the world? This is the book for them. Packed full with cool stuff to know about every country such as ‘did you know which country banned chewing gum? Or what the world’s stinkiest fruit is? Or who invented roller skates?’. Best suited for kids between 9 – 14 years old.
10. ‘This is’ series
These books were written in the 50s and 60s about the most major cities in the world. Teaching kids about cities across the globe such as New York, Paris and London. They are big picture books but not for young kids as the books deliver lots of bite-sized facts like, how many people ride the NYC subway or how many steps there are in the Eiffel Tower.