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8 Superb Children’s Books About Travel

by Katie Sorene

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Do you eat, sleep and breathe travel? Instill a love of globetrotting amongst the little ones in your life with this list of captivating travel tales for children.

If you’re a true travel junkie then you’ll want your loved ones to share in your passion.

Books are a great way of teaching children about different cultures and the big wide world.

Check out these 8 Superb Children’s Books About Travel and the kiddlies will be following in your globetrotting footsteps in no time!

1)   JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH



British author Roald Dahl dreamed up this fantastic tale in 1961.

James Henry Trotter lives with two wicked aunts after losing his parents in a nasty rhinoceros accident.

After dropping some magic crystals on a withered tree, a giant peach grows and grows.

James steps inside the gigantic peach and rolls away to a surreal world adventure accompanied by a group of anthropomorphic insects that he meets inside the peach.

Adapted into a movie in 1996, this is quite possible one of the most brilliant children’s books ever written.

(Reading level 9 – 12 yrs)

2)   WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Originally published in 1963, where the Wild Things Are tells the story of Max who is sent to bed without any supper.

In his room, a wild forest and sea grows out of his imagination and Max sets sail to the Land of the Wild Things (scary monsters).

Max conquers the Wild Things and is declared King of all the Wild Things.

After rejoicing with the monsters he soon becomes lonely and homesick and returns home where he finds his supper waiting for him.

This children’s classic was adapted into a 1980 opera and a movie in 2009.

(Reading level 4 – 8 yrs)

3)    THE ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS

First published in 1960, this award-winning novel tells the story of a 12 year old girl, Karana, stranded for 18 years on a Pacific island.

The brave protagonist forages for food, fights off predators and finds strength in her seclusion.

A classic tale of self-discovery, based on the amazing true story of Juana Maria marooned on San Nicolas Island in the nineteenth century.

Adapted into a movie in 1964 and a sequel published in 1976.

(Reading level 9 – 12 yrs)

4)   WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON

Living beneath the Fruitless Mountain in China, Minli and her parents spend their days working in the rice fields.

Minli’s father tells stories of the Jade Dragon, the mean Magistrate Tiger and the Old Man of the Moon who controls everyone’s destiny.

In an attempt to change her family’s fortunes, Minli embarks on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon.

She makes an eclectic selection of friends along the way with the book drawing on mythical themes from traditional Chinese folklore.

(Reading level 9 – 12 yrs)

5)   THE RED PYRAMID

Estranged family Carter, Sadie and their Egyptologist father, Dr. Kane accidentally unleash the Egyptian God, Set, who banishes Dr. Kane into oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking and coming after them.

They set off on a dangerous journey across the globe – revealing hidden secrets about their family and a secret order that has existed since the time of the Pharaohs.

(Reading level 9 – 12 yrs)

6)    PEAK

14 year old Peak Marcello hones his climbing skills by scaling skyscrapers in New York City.

After being caught and punished by an angry judge, he is sent to live with his mountaineer father in Thailand.

Peak’s father whisks him off to Tibet with the intention of him becoming the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest.

Peak finds himself in the amazing world of Everest base camp as this adrenalin-pumping adventure story unfolds.

(Reading level young adult)

7)   THREE CUPS OF TEA

Lost in the mountains of Pakistan, Greg Mortenson managed to find his way to a small village where he was saved by the local people.

In an effort to repay them he vowed to return to the village to build them a school.

The story tells of the challenges the author overcame in order to establish a string of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In a special edition for young readers an interview with Mortenson’s young daughter who often travels with him, has been added.

(Reading level 9 – 12 yrs)

8 )  THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY AND THE PERILOUS JOURNEY

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.

A action-packed tale of adventure, narrow escapes and friendship.

(Reading level 9 – 12 yrs)

Which is your favorite?! Got more magical children’s books to recommend? Post up your comments below we want to hear from you!

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Lori Calabrese

Katie,

What a great list of books. That truly is the beauty of a good book. You can open it up and travel to another land! You never know where you’re going to end up!

Just tweeted the list to my followers! Thanks for sharing!
Lori

Jennifer

When I was a kid I loved The Rescuers — I wonder if kids still read those books these days/

Katie

@Jennifer – if they don’t then they should!

WanderMom

Oh, and if you liked The Red Pyramid, you might also want to check out the Percy Jackson books – earlier titles by the same author.

Wanderluster

What an excellent list!

Nancy D. Brown

Three Cups of Tea is on my reading list – a great book for adults, too.

Jody

We’re planning a Mississippi River road trip next summer, so Mark Twain is on our list. And books on Ireland always end up on our shelves!

Shannon OD

These are really great reads! I have a couple new ones now to add onto the reading list for my niece – what a fun collection and I love that you meet several age ranges here :-)

KidsTravel2

Great recommendations to inspire young travellers! I always loved the CS Lewis books about Narnia as a child – travelling to some far off land through the back of an old wardrobe.

Books for young Children

What a great list of books.I have another book to add to the list in case others were interested in good books.

Laura Crawford

I really like this blog! It’s very interesting.
I have a series of picture books where the main character travels to many cities. They are called Postcards From Washington, DC, Postcards From Chicago and Postcards From New York City.

K.C. Wilder

Fabulous travel books! To see new places through a child’s eye is truly magnificent. For a neat book, that takes a “tour”, pick up Tour de You, by Dr. K.C. Wilder. A book for children that it is most important to your very best, strive for excellence, and not compete against others.

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