Books & Travel
Books are a great way to enhance everything
you’re learning and experiencing on a trip
If you're looking for a good children's book to accompany your next family adventure, begin here. We have read and enjoyed everything on this list. Since we homeschool, we usually pick our literature books based on what travels we have on our horizon. Since our boys are still elementary/middle school age, everything on this site is mostly geared to that age group.
Reading 'You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator' on the way to RomeOne of my favorite memories that illustrates this point well was our recent trip to Boston and the surrounding area. My boys had just finished a historical fiction book on the American Revolution. The Minute Boys of Lexington by Edward Stratemeyer is about a group of young boys who come alongside the Minutemen and help turn the events of those days when the first shots rang out in Lexington. My boys felt like they knew those characters personally, having experienced their hardships through this colorful and descriptive tale. So when we stood on the green in Lexington on that cold foggy morning and looked out across the place where those brave colonist lined up to defend their liberty and where some of them lost their lives, my boys felt a deep connection to what they were seeing. History comes alive through good literature and travel.
Two great ways we enjoy books:
1. Kindle - Not only can you have an entire library on one small device, but you can also purchase additional titles while on the road.
2. Audible - For road trips, Audible is a life-saver! Enjoyable for everyone including the driver, you can even choose titles that highlight your travels: By the Great Horn Spoon through California gold rush country or Frog and Toad through the English countryside, you get the idea. Plus I like how your audible account goes across all your devices and keeps track of where you are. So you could be listening in the car through your phone connected to your blue tooth, then continue in the hotel room on your computer or iPad. If you're new to audible, they usually give you the first month for free, try it out and see if you like it!
My Favorite Books about World Travel with Kids:
360 Degrees Longtitude: One Family's Journey Around the World
by John Higham
After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives good-bye, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time zones, visited 28 countries and experienced a lifetime of adventures.
Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids
by Bill Richards
Pack your bags, hop a plane, and take a trip! Family travel is a great way to expand your cultural horizons and help cultivate our next generation of global citizens. Wondering how to turn a journey with your kids into an enriching and rewarding adventure? This book offers hundreds of easy-to-use ideas for:
Drumming up excitement for the journey ahead
Teaching your kids to pack themselves
Having fun at the airport and on the plane
Easing jetlag and schedule changes
Involving everyone in setting itineraries and expectations
Making museums and tourist stops engaging for everyone
Enriching your travel experience through journaling
Keeping the joy of the journey alive long after your return
Discovering cultural education in your own back yard