Children’s books about travel

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I love children’s books and I love travel, so it’s no surprise that I loved writing my last post about children’s books in London and have plans for many more articles that are similar.  There are so many children’s books about travel and about other countries and cultures nowadays and the luxury of our global marketplace means that we’re not limited to what our own countries produce.  I’ve personally found that the picture books and chapter books from the US are fantastic, but not anything I’d heard of in the UK!  I love exploring what’s around and so want to share what I find with you.

Even though my kids are much older now (teens when I last checked!) many of these books are recommended from personal experience and have been on our bookshelves at one time or another.

This page will include books that are about more general travel – see the end of the post for my links to individual city and country guides that I have made so far!

Picture books about travel

How to Make An Apple Pie and See the world

How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World is a wonderful book that is part picture book and part recipe book.  It tells the reader what to do if when you go to make apple pie that you find the market is closed.  What you do is travel the world for the ingredients!  A really fun book.

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for this book, click here


Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? is another fun picture book about a boy on a long road trip to visit his Grandma.  While bored and asking ‘are we there yet?’ he begins to let his imagination run riot and meets many people and has a fun adventure.

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This is the World

This is an abridged version of many of the individual books in the ‘This is…’ series by Miroslav Sasek.  So if you want to open up a little of everywhere for your kids this compilation book might be good for you.  This is the World is told in the wonderful vintage style that epitomises all of the books in the series.  It’s really a special book.

Check here for more information, reviews and the current price

Non Fiction kids books about travel

Lonely Planet Kids

The Lonely Planet kids series is a great set of books all about travel, about different cultures along with facts and figures that we know kids can’t get enough of!  This one, called The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book looks excellent, as does one aboutAdventures around the globe.

There’s a huge amount in the series so if you want to check them all out, including reviews and prices – see here

Chapter books about travel

Travels with My Family

Travels with My Family is a fun chapter book for ages 7-10 years about a family who instead of doing the ‘normal’ thing of going to Disneyland get into all sorts of crazy adventures around the world.

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for this book, click here 


Around the World in 80 Days

The classic adventure tale!  Around the World in 80 Days is actually one I don’t think I have read yet – one to remedy for sure!  I, of course, know the story though from the film adaptations and even a children’s cartoon when I was growing up!

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The Story of the World

Not strictly a travel book, but this series is one that’s been on our shelves for a while and we used it a lot as part of home educating our kids.  It starts off in ancient times and tells the story of the world in small chapters all the way up to present day.  I love that it is told chronologically and not just in sections e.g. romans, then greeks.  Of course some of these civilisations co-existed and this book helps get your head around all of that.  Great for adults interested in history too!

There are four volumes each spanning a different time.

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Great Explorers of the World

Great Explorers of the World is an audio book, but a great one that I highly recommend.  It doesn’t look like it’s still available to buy new but if you can get it 2nd hand then I urge you to get it!  It tells the story of many of the great explorers as they travelled the globe in search of new lands.  The stories are fantastic and great to listen to on journeys – we love it!

To find out more about this audio book click here


Kids travel journals

If you want to encourage your child to record their journey and vacation stories then getting them a kids travel journal is probably a great idea.  There are loads on the market now – you can see a selection here


Country and City specific book lists

Check these pages out that I have created specifically for destinations around the world – lots more to come!




New York City



As always, if you have any suggestions and particular favourite kids books about travel you’d love to see on this list do let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in.


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Kirsty Bartholomew

Kirsty has been getting lost around the world for over 30 years and writing about it for 10 of those. She loves to help people explore her favourite places in Scotland, England and beyond. She cannot stay away from historical sites.

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