When I started looking for fun and inspirational travel books for kids, I couldn’t believe that there are so many. From destination guides to inspirational travel stories, and from foreign language courses designed especially for kids to all kinds of activity books to keep the kids entertained during a road trip… But what are the best travel books for kids?
For this selection of the very best travel books for kids I researched the top-rated most popular children’s travel books on Amazon. On top of that, I also asked my fellow family travel bloggers to share their kids’ favourite travel books. I also included one of our favourites. Find out!
Best Travel Books For Kids – OVERVIEW
- ✓ Best travel books for kids ages 7 and up
- ✓ Best travel books for kids ages 4 and up
- ✓ Best travel books for toddlers
- ✓ Best travel atlas for kids
- ✓ Travel activity books
*Best Travel Books For Kids Ages 7+*
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of 10 books for kids age 8 years and older. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul is the #1 bestseller among thousands of children’s travel books on Amazon at the moment. This book involves a family road trip with a broken-down car, hungry seagulls, and lots of craziness and fun for the whole family. There’s also an audio version to keep the kids entertained during your family road trip this summer!
By the way, audio books are one of the best ways to keep the kids quiet in the car during long rides. You can read more about it in this post as well: Long Car Rides With Kids and The Magical Silence.
The Adventurous Mailbox Adventure Books for Children
This series of adventure books not only introduces children to different countries, they are really well written and fun to read. Even though the books are meant for kids, I just couldn’t put them down. Intriguing adventures coupled with lots of fun and interesting facts about featured destinations give you better understanding of people and other cultures.
This series contains 8 books, one per destination (e.g. Finland, Greece, Peru…). The Adventurous Mailbox Adventure Books are different from most other children’s travel books. They are not about the famous landmarks or dry facts, rather about the true essence of traveling, getting to know the culture, and exploring deeper. Fantastic and inspiring read, best suitable for somewhat older kids (I’d say ages 9-10 and up).
What makes the Adventurous Mailbox series unique is that it comes in form of a personalised adventurous package from abroad (with a beautiful box with foreign stamps and all). Not only do you get the books, you also receive a personal invitation to join the Crameye’s World – a secure online community where young explorers can practice languages, follow the blogs of the characters of the books, play games, and even chat with other kids from around the world.
The Adventurous Mailbox is a perfect choice for those looking for a truly inspirational gift for kids! Make sure to check the Adventurous Mailbox website for more details!
We received these books as a free gift, but all opinions are my own.
‘This is…’ series by Miroslav Sasek
We love the ‘This Is…’ series by M Sasek, says Eileen from Families Go!. He wrote them in the 50s and 60s about most major cities in the world. This is New York, This is Paris, this is London, Etc.
They are big, picture book format but not for very little kids. I would say 7- 11. Kids love facts and trivia, and he delivers lots of bite-size kid friendly facts like how many people ride the NYC subway or how many steps in the Eiffel Tower. Fun books and parents will appreciate the retro art work.
Not For Parents (the new edition is called City Trails) by Lonely Planet
Our family loves the ‘Not For Parents…’ series put out by Lonely Planet, says Megan from Wander Toes. They are similar to an Usborne or DK books with lots of illustrations and fun photos with bite-sized information that is interesting to kids. Most of the books focus on a country or continent, but there are also two city focused books which we used: London and Paris.
We were planning our family London – Paris – Bruges trip and I gave them to my girls to pique their interest in things like the history and practicality of the beautiful drinking fountains in Paris and the great plague in London. After spending a few days perusing the books on and off, they even made their own requests to visit Marie Antoinette’s peasant village, and the hedge maze at Hampton Court Palace.
The Adventures of Seymour & Hau by Melanie Morse and Thomas McDade
We love The Adventures of Seymour & Hau books, says Alex from My Life Long Holiday. Seymour and Hau is an unlikely duo that travel the world and often get caught up in an adventure like a dog-sled race in Alaska or saving camels in Morocco. The stories stick in the kids imaginations and bring alive exotic destinations, and they keep the kids entertained with in-house jokes about bad digestion!
*Best Travel Books For Kids Ages 4 – 8*
Journey by Aaron Becker
Not a typical travel book. Journey is a piece of art, a wordless storybook telling a beautiful story of a girl who uses a red crayon to draw her way into a magical adventure. It allows the reader to interpret the images and tell their own story however they want and in any language they speak. For kids of all ages.
You Rule! by Lonely Planet Kids
You Rule! by Lonely Planet Kids allows your kids to create a whole new nation from scratch. They can be a king or a queen, choose borders, make their own flag… While at the same time learning about the importance of land borders, happy citizens, and more.
Little Kids First Big Book of the World by National Geographic
Little Kids First Big Book of the World. Introduce your kids to the wide world with this beautifully illustrated book by National Geographic. Lots of facts and information – it will keep the youngest readers busy for a long time.
Pop-Up books by Jennie Maizels
The beautifully made pop-up books by Jennie Maizels bring you to the main landmarks of London or New York. Fun, interactive, and informative at the same time. Not just for kids.
‘A Walk In…’ series by Salvatore Rubbino
‘A Walk In…’ series by Salvatore Rubbino. This large-format picture book series will make you fall in love with different destinations worldwide. Beautiful authentic illustrations and short text with some interesting facts that will get your kids planning a trip of their own.
*Best travel books for toddlers*
Even if your kids can’t read yet, they can appreciate a good book with beautiful illustrations. Here’s a small selection of some of the best travel books for young children.
All Aboard! series by Haily Meyers and Kevin Meyers
All Aboard! Colourful board books will best appeal to the youngest travellers in your family. Minimal text, just adorable little books that kids will read and re-read till they (and you) know every picture by heart.
Hello, World! series by Ashley Evanson
Hello, World! series by Ashley Evanson. Beautifully illustrated travel books for toddlers. From Paris to London, and from New York to San Francisco… These colourful board books will not only introduce young children to the main landmarks of the featured destination, but also teach them numbers, colours, shapes, etc.
Hello, World! (It’s a Small World)
Hello, World! (It’s a Small World). This charming board board book for the youngest readers takes the kids on a world tour by teaching them to say “Hello” in 10 different languages. Furthermore, it’s inspired by the designs of the famous Disney theme park attraction ‘It’s a Small World’.
*Best Atlas For Kids*
Looking for non-fiction informative travel books for your kids? In that case take a look at the following best-selling titles.
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas is a great book to keep your kids entertained during the long drive in the United States. Includes maps, cool things to do in every state, roadside attractions, games, activities, and many hours of backseat fun.
Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life by Lonely Planet Kids
Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life by Lonely Planet Kids. This world atlas for kids aged 8 years and up will bring the whole world to life for your kids. A terrific book with illustrated maps and engaging stories for children who want to learn more about other countries and continents.
The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world by Lonely Planet Kids
Every country in the world is covered in this new edition of the popular Travel Book by Lonely Planet. Colourful illustrations coupled with lots of amazing facts and fun information makes it a great read for young kids (6-12 years old).
Atlas of Adventures
Atlas of Adventures is a big lavishly illustrated book featuring a collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from all around the world. This is not an atlas with maps, rather captivating stories and interesting facts that will appeal to kids of all ages.
The 50 States
The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps! This book featuring all the 50 states of the US, together with their famous residents, historical moments, and beautiful illustrations is a great gift to any American child. Lots of unique facts that will keep the whole family entertained for many years to come.
*Travel Activity Books*
Activity books are a great way to keep the kids entertained when traveling. Think about long hours waiting at the airport, sitting in the car, or getting bored at a table in the restaurant. We always carry activity books when we travel with kids. Check this post for more tips on what we pack when flying with kids.
This is just a very small selection of the best travel books for kids. Do your kids have a favourite travel book that they keep reading again and again? Please share it by leaving a comment below.
Some other great travel books for kids:
- City Trails series by Lonely Planet Kids
- Molly and the Magic Suitcase series by Chris Oler and Amy Houston Oler
- A Year Full of Stories: 52 classic stories from all around the world
- If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People
- Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl
- Walk This World
- Love Is All Around The World
- What Does It Mean To Be Global
- Christmas Around The World
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