It’s never too soon to plan for vacations this winter or next spring by starting your child on a fun reading project. You might even add these books to your Christmas gift list. The more they learn about exciting places, the more they get out of their vacations to new places.
Dr. Seuss knew why children would love to read books on the cities they want to visit.
“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” Dr, Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Novels are the best travel books for children, since an author captures real experiences in a city or local. The following books are from renowned authors take children on real live experiences of places. These books create life-inspiring experiences for your child’s traveling adventures.
Books that take your child around the world.
Where in the world where this book takes your child: Portugal, Netherlands, and mysterious islands.
What book to read: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The four young heroes: Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance set off to rescue Mr. Benedict and his assistant Number 2 who have been kidnapped by the evil Mr. Curtain. The adventure takes them to a castle in Portugal, the Netherlands and to a mysterious island-where they have a close encounter with Mr. Curtain and his henchmen.
Where in the world where does this book take the child: London
What book to read: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
In his first book, Paddington’s adventures take him all over London—on the Underground, to the theatre, and, of course, to Paddington Station. Of course, Paddington numerous other adventures inspire children to see and experience Paddington Bear’s London.
Where in the world does this book take a child: Norway
What book to read: Fjords, Vikings, and Reindeer by Edward Moldenhauer
Where in the world do these books take a child: Paris
What book to read: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Hardcover by Brian Selznick
This is an exciting story about a 12-year-old boy living within the walls of a train station with more than 300 pages of pencil drawings depicting Parisian life in the 1930s.
What book to read: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
A timeless Paris-themed children’s book where the readers watch and experience Madeline as she visit tigers at the zoo or get her appendix removed.
Where in the world does this book take the child: Rome
What book to read: Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan
The Dodsworth series takes kids to on a different adventure in each book, led by the titular mouse and his sarcastic duck sidekick. In Dodsworth in Rome, the duo toss coins in the Trevi Fountain, compete in a pizza-throwing contest, and come dangerously close to repainting the Sistine Chapel.
Where in the world will this book take the child: Southern Italy
What book to read: Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
Strega Nona is one of the most popular Italian stories for children—among many features it includes infinite amounts of spaghetti. Tomie dePaola’s classic, fantastical book does provides wonderful showcases the terrain, wavy roof tiles, and food of southern Italy.
Where in the world does this book take the child: Prince Edward Island, Canada
What book to read; Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne Shirley takes children into the most idealistic version of Prince Edward Island possible; transforming the locale into its own magical character. Children will beg to visit Canada after hearing about “The Lake of Shining Waters” and “White Way of Delight.”
Where in the world will this book take the child: New York City
What book to read: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
Before there was Night at the Museum, there was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This timeless book tells the story of two young siblings spending the night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, exploring the details of this NYC landmark. After reading this books, kids dream of overnight museum adventures.
Where in the world does this take the child: San Francisco
What Book to read: Fly High, Fly Low by Time Egan
In Fly High, Fly Low, two San Francisco birds hatch some eggs in a very unconventional place—the letter “B” in the sign on top of the Bay Hotel. Along the way this books features breathtaking vistas of classic San Francisco sites.
Where in the world where this book take the child: Chicago
What book to read: Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
Although the narrator, Joey, and his younger sister, Mary Alice, live in the Windy city during the reign of Al Capone and Bugs Moran, most of their adventures occur “a long way from Chicago,” during their annual down-state visits with Grandma Dowdel. Readers will be eager to join the trio of Grandma, Joey and Mary Alice on their numerous escapade.