If you’re anything like us, family holidays are a chance to delve into a new set of books. We always have a pre-travel excursion to the library, so that the kids can pick up some new reading material for their break. And then, there are the activity books. Even though they enjoy playing games on the tablet and phone, our six and four-year old like nothing better than lolling around on their hols, having a good old scribble in a new colouring or activity book.
In case you’re looking for inspiration, I’ve rounded up some of our favourite books for family travellers, some of which we were sent for review, some of which we bought.
This Book Stinks by E. B. Clarke (ID Withheld)
This Book Stinks is ‘a travel journal for daring explorers’. It’s an activity book that’s full of things to do when away on a trip, designed for kids who enjoy creative and silly activities, including doodling and mess-making (what child doesn’t?). And it also includes lots of sections for children to write thoughts, ideas and memories about their travels. It’s very ‘random’ in its layout and reminds me of the Tom Gates books in its style. A pretty cool travel journal/activity book, for children aged 7 and over.
You Are Here by Emma Clarke (Sit. Breathe. Love)
For the grown-ups on the trip, You Are Here is ‘a mindful travel journal’. It uses simple mindfulness techniques to help travellers calm their minds, and live in the moment of their travels. Instead of a blank travel notebook, You Are Here guides you through a variety of exercises designed to help you thoroughly enjoy your city break, holiday-of-a-lifetime or weekend away. There’s a space on each page for capturing memories, both before during and after the trip; it’s a really nice way of exploring those thoughts and feelings that crop up while roaming.
My Giant Fairy Tale Activity Book (Parragon)
This book features four traditional fairy stories, with activities on every page of the tale. Children aged from 3-6 can colour in scenes; practice counting, and follow lines to help their favourite characters escape from mazes; and finish off scenes by drawing pictures. It’s a nice twist on a traditional story book. Great for sharing.
Amazing World Atlas (Lonely Planet Kids)
This book has lots to offer the whole family. It’s crammed with delightful illustrations and facts from all corners of the globe. Wherever your family travels take you, you’ll find little interesting snippets about the place in this book. It also has an encyclopedia-style introduction explaining time zones, the earth, oceans, populations and different ways of mapping out the world. Gripping stuff.
The Amazing Human Body Detectives by Maggie Li (Pavilion)
While the family’s busy exploring the wider world, little explorers can discover some inner space with this interactive book, which includes a small microscope for examining more closely the detailed illustrations in the book. It really is facinating, with quirky little facts that will send mini travellers home buzzing new discoveries (and not just from their travels!)
Which books do you like to take on your travels?