The family road trip is one of those vacations people either love or hate. Those hours from point A to point B and sometimes places in between can either be magical or downright exhausting. After logging thousands of miles in road trips reading (and listening to) hundreds of books while driving along, we’ve come up with our list of best audio books for a family road trip. Enjoy!
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and I’m starting to let myself believe summer is right around the corner. To celebrate, we’ve compiled 15 must read books for summer vacation that will make you laugh and cry, dream and hope, and escape reality as needed. Choose one of these books, find the nearest chaise lounge, grab your sunglasses, and get lost in a great book. Isn’t it time you do something for yourself?
As an educator, it is difficult to imagine a world where girls would be forbidden to attend school. Malala Yousafazi lived in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and her father, Ziauddin, ran a school near their home. He constantly faced threats from the Taliban, who insisted girls did not deserve an education and threatened those who continued to teach them. Her inspirational story was told in her book “I Am Malala”, and the story of her life before and after being attacked by the Taliban is told in the film “He Named Me Malala” premiering on National Geographic February 29th. The movie promises to be educational and an opportunity to start a dialogue with your own friends and family.
Maybe it’s a deep seeded connection to my Irish ancestors or a simple love of Ireland. Whatever the case may be, I love to read books about the land of the leprechauns and share them with my children. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some of our favorite books that inspire travel to Ireland.
You can find these holiday story books from around the world at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience. All recommendations are mine. The holidays are a wonderful time to teach children about celebrations and traditions in other cultures. If you have been following our Holiday Celebrations Around the World series, you have noticed the uniqueness with which each country approaches the holidays. We love introducing our children to other cultures, and sharing holiday story books from around the world is a tradition we treasure in our home year after year. Here are some of our favorites:
Today I’m sharing a new book that came my way called, Xs and Os for Gabby Ann by Petrell Marie Özbay. It’s the story of a little girl who wonders how her daddy’s love (xs and os) will travel to her from across the world. This story was brought to my attention by Erin at South to Southwest, who is a teacher like myself and I thank her for putting this book in my hands. Historically, my husband has been the one that travels for work and I am left holding down the fort, but lately it seems I am the one spending time away from home. When I read this book, I realized it would be great to share… [Read More]
One of our family’s favorite things to do is read children’s books from around the world. Not only do they inspire our travels, they teach us about other cultures and far away lands. These books encourage children to use their imaginations and make connections, hopefully realizing they never need to leave the comfort of home to learn about other cultures.
We love to bring read aloud books for a road trip because they help pass the time and keep the kids unplugged. We have pooled together some of our favorites, asked some of our favorite teachers for their suggestions, and found some friends to chime in with their choices too. We hope you will find that these books not only entertain your children, but promote discussion and family connection, helping those hours in the car fly by.
The weather is heating up, and with summer just around the corner, we’ve compiled 15 great books for summer vacation that will make you laugh and cry, dream and hope, and escape reality as needed. Find one of these books that is calling your name, grab a beach towel, your sunglasses, and some sunscreen, and head outside for some rest and relaxation. You know you deserve it. 1. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner By all appearances, Allison Weiss has the perfect life. A beautiful family, a job she loves, and a big house in the suburbs. One day, while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day… [Read More]
SCAVENGER HUNT ADVENTURES: Kids’ Travel Book Series Usually there aren’t individual book reviews on this site, but when Catharine Aragon approached me about her series, Scavenger Hunt Adventures, I was very intrigued and asked her if she wouldn’t mind sending a copy for my kids and myself to check out. The Scavenger Hunt Adventures series takes young explorers through the popular sights of cities and engages them in sightseeing through spy-themed scavenger hunts. They currently have published six titles: MISSION LONDON, MISSION PARIS, MISSION ROME, MISSION BARCELONA, MISSION WASHINGTON, D.C., MISSION NEW YORK, with Amsterdam coming this summer and others on the way soon. I asked her to send me the MISSION ROME title since we visited recently and I was hopeful the kids could still… [Read More]
Every February many Asian countries celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year, so it seems an appropriate time to share our favorite books that inspire travel to China. The Chinese New Year is an important holiday and is often celebrated not only in China, but in other parts of the world. There are book choices for all ages, so whether you are reading for education purposes, leisure, or preparing for an upcoming trip, hopefully you will find something you enjoy and inspires you to travel.
It’s very hard to limit myself to 5 favorite quotes that inspire travel because there are so many choices out there. I frequently find myself perusing through quotes on Pinterest, hoping to find a few favorite ones that will to inspire me to travel, now and in the future. It is probably difficult to believe that a person who loves to travel needs such inspiration, but I promise, I do indeed need some fire under my feet once in awhile. Not only do these quotes influence me, they drive and guide me in my daily life to challenge myself and dream about the experiences I want to have and the legacy I want to leave in this world. Reading, writing,… [Read More]
Happy New Year and welcome to 2015! Winter has always been my favorite time of year to cozy up with a warm blanket, a steaming cup of coffee, and a wonderful book. It is also when I begin to make travel plans for the upcoming year, and I can always count on books to provide the inspiration for our next trip. I have found 15 books to share, some I have read, and some completely new to me, that I hope will carry you away to far away lands both real and imagined.
If you find yourself on the road this holiday season with kids in the back seat, you will want to have some books on board to entertain them along the way. Here are some of our favorite kids books to put your family in the holiday spirit as you make your way to and from your destination. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” -Hamilton Wright Mabie Books for Younger Children/Read Alouds: Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buena Dream Snow by Eric Carle The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! by Victoria Kann The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Kerensky Froggy’s Best… [Read More]
As with previous posts, I’ve put together a list of books we have read with our children or recommend for reading with children before traveling abroad. These books will hopefully provide some inspiration before heading to England or maybe they will tide you over if you need a “Downton Abbey” fix before the next season.
Thinking of a trip to Italy? Looking for books to inspire young readers? Check out our list of suggested reading, there’s something for everyone!
Before we visit new countries with our children, we like to discover literature that inspires travel. Here are books we would recommend sharing with your children (or reading yourself) before you visit France.
Before we travel to a foreign destination we like to learn about the people will we meet, the history of their country, and the places we might visit. As a family we make time to read quite a few fiction and non-fiction books to prepare us for our journey. Spain is a country known for its rich cultural history, amazing architecture, flamenco dancing, tapas, and dazzling Mediterranean beaches. These books will help set the stage for your Spanish vacation. If you’re not headed there anytime soon, at least you have found a list of books that will hopefully inspire you to travel there some day.