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Summer Travel Tomes: Get Your Kiddos Excited About the Journey Ahead

Jun 14 2013 - 7:52am

Planning a Summer vacation? It's the perfect time to get your kids excited about their upcoming travels. Pick up a book (or two) that focuses on your family's destination, and they'll know exactly what to expect before you hit the road, rail, or air!

1-2-3 Philadelphia: A Cool Counting Book

Best For Ages: Infant through age 3

What's Inside: This charming little board book utilizes Philly's most famous landmarks — the Liberty Bell, Reading Terminal Market, City Hall, and more — to teach kids to count.

Click to Buy: 1-2-3 Philadelphia: A Cool Counting Book [1] ($8)

This Is Rome

Best For Ages: Preschoolers

What's Inside: Featuring gorgeous illustrations and originally published in 1960, This Is Rome takes little ones on a journey through the city's winding streets with visits to landmarks like Vatican City, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain.

Click to Buy: This Is Rome [2] ($14)

Good Night Charleston

Best For Ages: 2 to 5

What's Inside: Part of the Good Night Our World series, these board books are great for before bed reading. A great, easy-to-read primer about the Southern city.

Click to Buy: Good Night Charleston [3] ($9)


Best For Ages: 6-plus

What's Inside: Originally published in 1955, Eloise — the story of an upper-crust 6-year-old who lives with her British nanny, dog, and turtle in NYC's Plaza Hotel — has stood the test of time. While 50-plus years may have passed since Eloise's adventures and mishaps were originally conceived, they'll still keep kids today cracking up.

Click to Buy: Eloise [4] ($26)

Henri's Walk to Paris

Best For Ages: 4 to 8

What's Inside: Filled with gorgeous graphic illustrations, the story follows Henri, a French boy who reads a book about Paris and decides to embark upon his own journey to the City of Light.

Click to Buy: Henri's Walk to Paris [5] ($14)

Not For Parents: London, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Best For Ages: 8-plus

What's Inside: The new kids travel series from Lonely Planet features a fun-filled insider's look at cities like London, Paris, and New York. The London edition is filled with the scoop on royalty, punk culture, unexpected cuisine, and more.

Click to Buy: Not For Parents: London, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know [6] ($14)

A Day at the Airport

Best For Ages: 2 to 7 (especially great for first-time fliers!)

What's Inside: A classic Richard Scarry story — Sally, Huckle, and Lowly spend a rainy, adventure-filled day learning the ins and outs of how airports work.

Click to Buy: A Day at the Airport [7] ($4)

Big Bad Wolf Goes On Vacation

Best For Ages: 4+

What's Inside: The sweetest twist on the classic fairy tale — in this follow-up to The Big Bad Wolf and Me, our hero (and his pal, Louis) take a wild and crazy road trip to the beach.

Click to Buy: Big Bad Wolf Goes On Vacation [8] ($9)

Flight 1-2-3

Best For Ages: 2 to 4

What's Inside: Take a high-flying journey by numbers with this preschool-appropriate counting book that takes its readers on a journey from the airport, through the sky, to touchdown.

Click to Buy: Flight 1-2-3 [9] ($11)

Explorer Journal

Best For Ages: 3+

What's Inside: Plenty of space to document tots' Summer adventures — at home and on the go! A great way to encourage creativity and imagination.

Click to Buy: Children Inspire Design's Explorer Journal [10] ($12)

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