Scrolling through Instagram and all its tantalizing pictures of dreamy food and faraway locales, it is incredibly difficult to not pack our bags and instantly disappear somewhere fantastic. But how do we cultivate that same sense of wanderlust in little ones who seem to find life totally complete at the neighborhood playground? Maybe the easiest way to connect kids to travel in a tangible way is through books.
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Travel Books for Early Learners
For early readers seeing the way we travel is so important. When my kids were younger, books about airplanes, boats, and cars filled our shelves. They loved to learn about how we got from one place to another. A really great read-together book we loved was Airplane Flight, a lift-the flap book. Richard Scarry has fanciful stories and his A Day at the Airport is one that can be read with kids for many years. Lois Lenski also has a book my kids loved called The Little Airplane. (The series also offers similar titles, The Little Train and The Little Fire Engine for those seeking other great options)
Amazing Atlases and Maps
And then we discovered a book called Maps. This book has stayed on our coffee table since the moment it arrived in our house years ago. There are so many interesting pictures and names to read and places to wonder about in this book. If my guys ever have a few spare minutes to sit and read, this is usually the book they choose.