My kids are always on the lookout for new books. Their book collections are so large that I’m planning on opening a second-hand bookstore in my old age. But I really love giving books as gifts, especially to my kids. As the children have been creating their Christmas lists, a number of books have featuerd and we’ve chosen our favourites to share here. Let us know what other books you’d like to see under the Christmas tree.
10 Books for Kids who Love Travel
1. The Atlas of Oddities by Clive Gifford (Author) and Tracy Worrall (Illustrator), is a beautiful atlas that celebrates all the weird and wonderful events, objects and people that make our world such a unique and interesting place. Great for budding adventurers.
2. Journey follows the adventures of a young girl as she escapes into a world where wonder, danger and adventure abound. The illustrations in this wordless picture book are gorgeous and the story of self-belief and friendship will resonate with all kids…and parents. By Aaron Becker.
3. It’s not easy finding a new cave as Dave finds out in Dave’s Cave by Frann Preston Gannon. It’s a fun story about being happy with what you have. I know my youngest will love this.
4. This is London is one of those books that you just have to have your kids’ bookshelves. Witty, charming and perceptive, M Sasek shares his impressions of London with its beautiful buildings, black cabs, the Underground and more.
5. On my eldest’s Christmas list is Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Author) and Steven Lenton (Illustrator). The inspiration for the tale is the story of Laika, a stray dog from Moscow who was sent into space by the Russians in the rocket Sputnik II. In this story, Laika befriends the alien Sputnik, who comes down to earth disguised as a dog and makes friends with a young boy Prez. Confused? You won’t be once you read it!
6. Another great tale for young readers is A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting that tells the story of a young, aspiring bear spotter who goes on an adventure into bear country. By Michelle Robinson (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator).
7. Nick Jans’ story A Wolf Called Romeo tells the unlikely true story of a friendship between a wild and gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska. Jans lived in Alaska for nearly 30 years and witnessed first hand how this friendly wolf came to be part of the local community.
8. Written by Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is a brilliant book for all kids. Fascinating facts and fun illustrations introduce young readers to just some of the amazing women who really have changed the world including Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart.
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul follows Greg Heffley and his family as they hit the road with predictably disastrous results! By Jeff Kinney.
10. We are big fans of Lonely Planet books in our household so The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World will be a hit with everyone (including me!). Filled with illustrations and photographs, the book travels through 200 countries and each destination gets its own dedicated page with fascinating facts on food, wildlife, festivals and more. Perfect for young explorers.