Books can sweep us off our feet and help us discover exciting, new destinations without even packing a suitcase. This month, Kim Tano and Madeline Shier, the children’s book buyers at Powell’s City of Books choose four inspiring travel-oriented titles that do just that. Look for these titles at the Burnside, Hawthorne or Cedar Hills Powell’s locations, or order online.
The Travel Book by the editors of Lonely Planet
In its second edition, the Lonely Planet kids travel book covers the entire world with a full page dedicated to every independent country as well as territories that don’t officially qualify as countries in their own right. Perfect for kids to learn about geography, population, interesting landmarks and fun facts about our world. A great addition to any home library or school bookshelf. Best for ages 8 and up. $19.99.
Everything & Everywhere: A Fact Filled Adventure for Curious Globe Trotters by Marc Martin
Martin’s award-winning illustrations are brought to life in Everything & Everywhere. This beautiful book introduces children of all ages to 15 regions of the world with captivating watercolor art paired with fascinating facts. From the Amazon rainforest to the streets of Paris, there’s so much information and exploration to discover in this great book. Best for ages 5 and up. $18.99.
A is for Bee by Ellen Heck
In this abecedary from Levine Querido (founded in 2019 with the goal of publishing excellent world literature for children), Heck has paired each letter of the alphabet with an animal — but a different letter than their English names begin with. For example, kiddos can learn that “G is for Cat” in Korean (goyangi), Spanish (gato), and Ojibwe (gaazhagens). Featuring 69 languages, this book is a great way for littles to learn about languages of the world. Best for ages 3 and up. $17.99.
Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Joy Ang
This children’s edition of the delightful Atlas Obscura is sure to make an armchair explorer out of your child. Showcasing two strange features each for 47 countries and three U.S. states (including animal migrations, natural wonders, feats of engineering, and more), the 100 entries are all fascinating and gorgeously illustrated. Best for ages 8 and up. $14.99.
For more great books for kids, including from local authors, check out our book picks!
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