I have written before about ways we try to prepare our children for traveling. One of the ways is heading to our library to take out books about different countries and cultures. My children love to see all of the interesting pictures of the people and places but they are too young to have the attention span for large amounts of non-fiction text. When we read these books together Mike and I will skim over the text, only highlighting interesting information so we can keep our children engaged.
Recently I was introduced to a new book about travel aimed specifically towards children, Lonely Planet’s Not For Parents, The Travel Book.
The book is set up with each page dedicated to a country and the book has every country in the world represented. The pictures are eye-popping and have interesting little blurbs of explanation, just enough text to keep the little ones interested.
As soon as we got the book my kids started to flip through the pages, zeroing in on the things one would expect would interest boys like pictures of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Egypt’s tombs, and Italy’s sports cars.
Not only is it a great book to get children excited about traveling, it would be a useful tool to teach about geography, humanities, and cultures.
My one and only complaint is that I would have liked to see a small thumbnail world map on each page with a pinpoint locating the country. While each page does include a small map showing the country with its immediate neighbours, I think it would be easier for children learning their geography to see where the country is in relation to the entire world. (although there is a world map in the back of the book for reference.)
The Not For Parents series also includes more location specific books; Not For Parents Paris, Not for Parents Rome, Not for Parents New York, and Not for Parents London. If you were heading to any of these destinations these books would be a perfect companion for your children.
Discloser: I was given complimentary copies of these books from the publisher. The opinions are my own.