Travel Books for Kids?

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Feb 25th, 2015, 02:44 AM
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Travel Books for Kids?

Hi all, this may seem like a really question, but does anyone know of any good resources aimed at kids that I can use to teach them more about the world?

We enjoy travelling, but I'd like to be able to do more with them at home, both to prepare them for future trips and educate them a bit more about different countries and cultures.

I've tried using general resources, but they lose interest quickly! We look at things online together, but I'd like some good old fashioned books too, so that they can put sticky notes in the pages etc.

Thank you in advance!
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Feb 25th, 2015, 02:45 AM
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*** a really SILLY question I meant to say! Sorry!
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Feb 27th, 2015, 03:23 PM
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Do you have a globe?
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Feb 28th, 2015, 06:09 AM
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Yep - got an inflatable one (which sadly sometimes doubles up as a ball that is tossed around! ;-)) and a large wall map of the world.
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Mar 1st, 2015, 05:33 AM
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How old are the kids?

For littler ones, there's a popular "This Is..." series by Sasek. A children's oriented almanac will usually include a section on different countries of the world, usually accompanied by some weird yet true facts for each place.

I think DK still makes those sticker books, which are fun but still informational.

Depending on age too, there are plenty of classic story oriented tales that involve place well that can also be looked at. For example, if you're taking kids to New York City for the first time, a younger child could read "Eloise" and "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge", while an older child might prefer the art oriented, Met set caper "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler."

Lots of options out there depending on location and age!
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Mar 2nd, 2015, 10:56 AM
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Map puzzles are another fun thing.
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Mar 10th, 2015, 10:50 PM
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Rosanne Knorr has a short series of books called "If I lived in ____". They are worth checking out.

http://www.amazon.com/Rosanne-Knorr/...7YKPRSITIQKAL4
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Mar 12th, 2015, 12:49 AM
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You might ask at your local library / libraries -- IME, librarians really know their stuff!

I know it's ridiculously ancient and probably not PC, but maybe Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days or an abridged version thereof? An abridged version was one of the first books I ever read, and I still remember being absolutely fascinated by some of what I learned.

I also loved books of fairy tales from different parts of the world -- so many different ways of understanding one's relation to one's culture and environment!
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Mar 12th, 2015, 01:13 AM
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I also loved books of fairy tales from different parts of the world -

Andrew Lang wrote a series of books called The Fairy Books in which he translated over 400 fairy tales form around the world.

The first in the series is The Red Fairy Book: ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/048...4JHBYWJCV4AFUO )

The only caveat for fairy tales from around the world is that they can at times be brutal and terrifying for young children, e.g., the The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/069...GR5W6ZAMV3YCRY )
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Mar 14th, 2015, 04:26 AM
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Thank you so much! That's given me more to work with. I had a quick look at a book by Rosanne Knorr - they look really useful and just what I was hoping to find. I also came across a travel guide series aimed at kids. I think these may come in handy too - http://www.amazon.com/FlyingKids/e/B...ne_cont_book_3 And the fairytale idea is wonderful! Thank you!
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