Book Series That Inspire Kids to Travel
Books open up children’s minds to the world. While there are many inspirational travel books, many kids start to look forward to the next book in continuing sagas. These are some of our favorite book series, filled with adventure and travel, that will hopefully inspire your kids to discover new worlds too.
From Mary S, with an 11 year-old daughter and eight year-old son:
Magic Tree House
My kids can’t get enough of siblings, Jack and Annie, who travel through time and go on amazing adventures around the world in their magical tree house. Magic Tree House is a wonderful series where kids learn about history and geography in a fun way through magic and mysteries.
Adventures of Bella & Harry
This picture book series about sibling chihuahuas is a great way to show kids the landmarks and culture of other countries that will fuel the desire to learn about new places. The illustrations in Adventures of Bella & Harry are bright and colorful, making the cities come alive.
These classic picture books are a unique tour of cities and countries from Miroslav Sasek, a Czech artist and author. It started with a 1950s Paris tour from a child’s point-of-view. The This Is…Series offers a timeless look at many beloved cities that ignite memories and wanderlust in kids and adults.
Adventures of Tintin
We first heard of the Adventures of Tintin when we visited Brussels several years ago. This reporter-turned-detective boy has enviable adventures around the world in a comic book format. He’s not as mainstream in the U.S. as he is in Europe. We love the illustrations on these as much as the stories.
This beloved classic of a Parisian schoolgirl has appealed to readers for over 60 years. Madeline inspired my daughter’s Parisian dreams when she was younger. She loved this feisty girl and we also enjoyed reading Madeline’s adventures outside of Paris.
Geronimo and Thea Stilton
This international bestselling series is about a newspaper editor who gets caught up in worldwide adventures. Geronimo Stilton is now the author of these books sharing his journeys. We love the colorful fonts, maps and pictures that help enhance the stories. Geronimo’s sister, Thea, also has her own series of adventures. She writes about her female student group where kids can help them solve mysteries around the world.
Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures
How many of us have sent off or received a Flat Stanley doll to take along on our trips? This new geography-themed series takes the flattened-by-a-bulletin-board boy on adventures around the world. We love that it also focuses on many U.S. cities.
Choose your own adventure (CYOA)
I read the Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was younger and loved the different possible endings and stories set around the world. Known as “interactive fiction,” there are over 180 books in this best-selling series for various grade levels. They’re filled with culture, mystery, fantasy and adventure sure to inspire kids. The Dragonlark series for kids ages five to nine was recently added. Who wouldn’t want to be a hero setting your own destiny?
Though more ideal for older kids, this interactive series is about siblings, Amy and Dan, who hunt for 39 clues around the world for ingredients to a powerful serum. Each book focuses on one location and a historical character and comes with six game cards with puzzles to unlock a clue. It has spun off a second series and a movie opening in 2014.
From Elena S, with a nine year-old daughter:
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt
Imagine traveling alongside two twins, Gannon and Wyatt as they explore far away lands like Botswana, the Great Bear Rainforest and Egypt (coming in January 2014). This new fiction series is best suited for middle elementary ages and is written in the form of diary entries from both brothers like the historical journals of explorers. What my daughter likes best about this series is that the twin brother characters seem very real, sharing moments of sibling rivalry along with their adventures, while revealing historical and cultural information along the way.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
This novel follows a 12 year-old girl and her nine year-old brother as they run away from home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The two explorers become fascinated with a marble statue of an angel, whose sculptor unknown but is suspected to be Michelangelo. I love how the story engages children with art and the museum, preparing them for a real life museum trip to New York City.
Time Warp Trio Series
Similar to the Magic Tree House series, The Time Warp Trio chronicles the adventures of three children who travel back in time to for historical adventures. While Joe, Sam and Fred explore time and space with the help of a mysterious book, readers become captivated with historical details through a sometimes comedic narrative. Though the stories are set in the context of historical fiction, the books are a perfect way to build background knowledge about the context of a time period or country before taking a trip.
Dear America Series
Although the Dear America series is set mainly in the U.S., the novels provide historical context for life across time periods in history. These diary based stories chronicle the ordinary lives of girls in remarkable times. Our favorite is the Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912 for the sense of adventure and intrigue that await young Margaret as she travels to America. Middle elementary aged girls will appreciate the diary entries and thoughts of girls just like them while immersing themselves in times long ago.
Do you have any favorite book series you’d like to add?
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Our Hilton Mom Voyage team members live throughout the U.S. and have traveled by air and car all over the world with their families!