Before Miss Marnie arrived we travelled a lot.
We took 2-3 holidays a year which often involved taking in several places or stops in order to a see as much as possible.
We may not be able to travel so much now with a toddler – not because we won’t take her away – but because we’ve been discovering different types of holidays like Bluestone, Disneyland Paris and – soon Butlin’s.
But, one thing I do want to
instill in Miss M is a love of travel and a yearning to see the world.
We have been doing that with
these fab books by BabyLit. Each book offers a little trip around popular countries, cities and areas.
All Aboard London/ National Parks/ Washington D.C/
New York/ Paris/ California by Kevin and Haily Meyers £6.99 each BabyLit
Miss M has been fascinated by
them – taking in the pictures, asking questions, copying the names and saying the phrases.
She is especially excited when
we read about one of the places we have been before she was born like California and New York as we can
weave in little stories about what we did there, what we saw or what we ate.
Travelling isn’t always about
going somewhere – using books can project you into another world or in this case place, too. And, for now sitting at
home and being an ‘armchair traveller’ and transporting ourselves with stories, words and pictures suits us just fine.
As board books go I think these
should be on every little ones bookshelf.
Here are a few of my other favourite travel books and guides for children:
Bonjour London/Bonjour New York/Bonjour Paris and Bonsoir Paris
all by Marin Montagut £6.50 each Waterstones
Not so much books, as guides. Made of water resistant and tear-proof paper these fold-out maps may be small but they are full of information and of course beautiful illustrations.
The tips, hints and suggestions are so good that if you do make it to one of these places with the kids one day- you’ll already be in the know about what to see, do and eat. The new Paris by night version means you’ll never be stuck with what to do after dark with the little’s too.
Hello World! San Francisco/Paris/New York/London
by Ashley Evanson £4.99 each Penguin
What’s great about these travel books is that an early learning concept is taught alongside discovering the various cities of the titles through colourful, stylish illustrations and bold type.
San Francisco: A book of Numbers means learning to count around this vibrant city (how many seats on a cable car?) Paris: A Book of Shapes compares the arches of the Arc de Triomphe and the triangles of the Louvre.
Then spot the green Statue of Liberty or yellow cabs in New York: A Book of Colours and finally London: A Book of Opposites compares the short and tall guards at Buckingham Palace or unpredictable weather – like rainy v. sunny days.
This is… by Miroslav Sasek from £10 each Amazon
This is… is probably one of the best known and well loved series of travel books for children. Painter and illustrator M.Sasek published the first one in 1958 – This is Paris.
The collection now includes 18 titles – with many re-issues and updates made (even since his death in 1980) that stick to the original narrative. Famed for their vibrant drawings, witty copy and a tour round your favourite city or country that still delight adults as much as kids. A must for every bookshelf.
** And, a few others I had to mention for their beautiful pictures, informative and fun words and yes, for its bookshelf appeal.
1. Walk This World by Lotta Nieminen £10 Big Picture Press is a celebrates life in a day as each interactive page notes the similarities and differences that exist between cultures around the world.
2. Follow one boy and girl in an epic adventure as they travel to over 30 destinations, across 7 continents maps as they (and you) discover facts, activities and challenges in Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland £13.60 Amazon
3. City Atlas by Martin Haake £5.99 The Book People is a massive interactive book that features distinctive map artwork that takes children on a tour of iconic buildings, key landmarks, famous people and cultural icons with a search-and-find game on each page.
4. Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski £15 Waterstones if you only buy one travel book – make it this one. This large format sized book is a history lesson big and little kids will want to take in boarders, cities, rivers, iconic animals, plants and cultural events with over 52 lavishly drawn maps. A keepsake.