Travel Books and Guides for the Perfect Vacation (or Staycation)

Whether you’re planning a grand adventure this summer or snuggling in to your favorite couch at home, SSHEL has the perfect selection of travel books and guides that will let you explore new cities, states, and countries. From Ancient Rome to Paris to New York City, these travel guides and adventure books will help you discover the wonders of some of the most exciting cities in the world! Whether you want to get lost while sightseeing in a new city or get lost in a wonderful new book, these book selections are sure to entertain travelers far and wide.
To find more books about new cities and travelling, use search terms similar to “travel” and “juvenile” or “guide” and “juvenile.” You can search for books about specific cities and countries, too! Just remember to add the term “juvenile” to find children’s literature.
Bon voyage!

Barter, James.
A Travel Guide to Shakespeare’s London. 2003.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in 16th Century London? Use this guide to learn about the best pubs, inns, shopping centers, and attractions to visit in Shakespeare’s London. Use the schedule of carriages to plan a trip to visit neighboring cities like Bath or Bristol.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.942.105 B281t]

Bowers, Viven.
Hey Canada! 2012.
Follow Alice, Cal, and Gran as they take a wild coast-to-coast road trip across Canada. The group of travelers visit every province, territory, and capital city in the country, and learn a ton of fun facts about every place they stop. Alice and Cal document their trip with blog posts, tweets, and comic strips about the history of the land.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.971 B67h]

de Brunhoff, Laurent.
Babar’s Guide to Paris. 2017.
Babar’s daughter, Isabelle, is planning a trip to Paris, so Babar offers advice on how to navigate and best enjoy the dazzling French city. From choosing the right café to seeing Monet paintings in the Orangerie to enjoying a night at the opera, Babar helps Isabelle plan the perfect Parisian experience.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. B835bgp]

Egan, Tim.
Dodsworth in Tokyo. 2013.
Learn about Japanese customs while sightseeing in Tokyo with Dodsworth and his friend, the duck. See what mischief the duck gets himself into while visiting Yoyogi Park, the Tokya Tower, the Museum of the Imperial Collections, and much more. Will the duck behave himself enough to earn some wagashi, traditional Japanese desserts?
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. Eg14dt]

Falconer, Ian.
Olivia Goes to Venice. 2010.
Olivia’s family decides to take a spring vacation in Venice. Olivia quickly falls in love with the beautiful city (especially the gelato). From gondola rides to sightseeing to feeding pigeons, Olivia wears herself out exploring this city of canals.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. F1821olv]

Jakobsen, Kathy.
My New York. 2003.
Follow Becky and her best friend Martin around their favorite New York City sites. Get a true insider’s perspective on the bustling city that never sleeps. Becky takes you from her favorite ice-cream shop in Chinatown to her favorite step at the New York Public Library to Radio City Music Hall, the site of her first ever cab ride without her parents. You’ll feel like a true New Yorker by the time you finish this delightful book.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.974.7 J213m]

Jakobsen, Kathy.
My Washington, DC. 2016.
After travelling with them to New York, follow Becky and Martin to Washington DC and explore the grand monuments and buildings in our nation’s capital. Becky will show you the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Museum of History, the Lincoln Memorial, and so much more. You’ll learn fun facts about each monument as you travel through the city.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.975.3 J213m]

Kimmelman, Leslie.
Everybody Says Shalom. 2015.
Filled with sparse text and beautiful images, this book lets you explore beautiful Israel while learning when and where to use the Hebrew greeting “Shalom.” A colorful and informative index of all of the locations shown is included in the back of the book.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.915.69404 K571e]

Malam, John.
Ancient Rome. 2007.
Travel back 1,700 years and take in the ancient city of Rome when it was at the height of power. Learn where to stay, what food to eat, what clothes to wear, and what to do for fun. Be sure you stay out of trouble, however, because Roman law is strict and punishing. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet a famous gladiator during your travels!
[SSHEL S-Collection S.937 M291a]

Rubbino, Salvatore.
A Walk in London. 2011.
Join the narrator and her mother on a walking tour of the exciting city of London. You’ll pass Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, and so much more! You’ll encounter museums, cafes, and local Londoners during your journey.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.942.1 R821w]

Sasek, M.
This is Paris. 2004.
Travel through Paris while exploring the beautiful sites and sounds of the city. Wander through lush “jardins,” walk past the Eiffel Tower, and meet some local Parisians on your tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sasek’s classic children’s guide of Paris is updated with modern facts about the monuments and other features of the city.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.914.4 Sa7t2004]

Are We There Yet???

Summer’s here, school is out, and for many families, vacation is right around the corner. The Travel Industry Association is predicting that Americans will make 330 million trips of 50 miles or more this summer.* Summer travel is the source of great memories for many people, but it can also be a challenge for families with young children, some of whom may be making their first long-distance trek away from home.

The Education and Social Science Library’s School Collection of children’s books has a number of resources for parents looking to help kids gear up for their summer trip, or combat boredom on the road.

* Source: [no longer active as of 2012]
Books About Travel

Wilson, Karma.
Dinos On The Go! 2004.
Dinosaurs ride everything from bicycles to airplanes as they travel around the world.
[Education S-Collection: Q.SE.W694d]

Neitzel, Shirley.
The Bag I’m Taking to Grandma’s. 1998.
In cumulative verses and rebuses a young boy and his mother have different views on how to pack a bag for a trip to Grandma’s.
[Education Storage: SE.N319b1998]

Rey, H.A.
How Do You Get There? 1997.
The author of Curious George invites the reader to guess the best mode of transportation for different places and destinations.
[Education Storage: SE.R328h1997]

Stephas, Kristi.
Flying Solo. 2005.
Six-year-old Ellie is flying alone for the first time, taking an airplane from Chicago to see her aunt in San Diego.
[Education S-Collection: Q.SE.St435f]

Moss, Marissa.
Amelia’s Are-We-There-Yet, Longest Ever Car Trip. 2006.
Ten-year-old Amelia keeps a journal of the summer car trip she takes with her mother and sister to Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and their California home town to visit Amelia’s best friend.
[Education S-Collection: S.M855ama]
**NOTE: an earlier edition, published under the title Amelia Hits the Road (1999) is also available in Education Storage (Call Numer S.M855ah1999)

Manzano, Sonia.
No Dogs Allowed! 2004.
When Iris, her family, and the neighbors take a trip to Enchanted Lake, everyone brings what they think is needed, but the family dog turns out to present a problem.
[Education S-Collection: SE.M319n]

Balan, Bruce.
Cows Going Past. 2005.
A family sees many different kinds of cows from the window of their car while on a trip.
[Education S-Collection: SE.B182c]

Walters, Virginia.
Are We There Yet Daddy? 1999.
A young boy describes the trip he and his father make to Grandma’s house, measuring how many miles are left at various points on the trip.
[Education S-Collection: Q.SE.w1715a]

Kotzwinkle, William.
Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise. 2006.
Because his farts create unpleasantness for everyone on a cruise ship, Walter the dog continues the journey in a lifeboat, but when the ship’s computer crashes, causing the liner to drift, Walter again proves himself a hero.
[Education S-Collection: Q.SE.K849wa]

Ricciuti, Edward R.
America’s Top 10 Natural Wonders. 1998.
Introduces ten unique natural formations in the United States, including the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower, and Niagara Falls.
[Education Storage: Q.S. 557.3 R359A]
Boredom Busters

Boatness, Marie.
Travel Games for the Family. 1993.
100 ideas for games and entertaining kids while on the road.
[Education Storage: S.794 B63T]

Treat, Lawrence.
Get a Clue 1: 25 Picture Mysteries. 1997.
Readers must solve a short mystery by looking for clues in the accompanying illustration. Answers are included.
[Education S-Collection: S.793.73 T71G]

Treat, Lawrence.
Get a Clue 2: 25 More Picture Mysteries. 1997.
More mysteries with clues in the illustrations. Answers are included.
[Education Storage: S.793.73 T71GE]

Gardner, Martin.
Classic Brainteasers. 1994.
A collection of over 70 classic brainteasers including problematic puns, word games, and optical tricks.
[Education S-Collection: S.793.73 G175C]

The Kid’s Book of the 50 Great States: A State-By-State Scrapbook Filled with Facts, Maps, Puzzles, Poems, Photos and More! 1998.
[Education Storage: S.917.3 K541 1998]

Pilkey, Dav.
The All New Captain Underpants Extra-Crunch Book o’ Fun 2. 2002.
Learn how to draw your favorite characters, tell cheesy jokes, and even make your own silly Captain Underpants story. Also includes a comic-book adventure starring Captain Underpants, Super Diaper Baby, and the amazing Diaper Dog.
[Education S-Collection: S.790.1 P639a]

Wise, Lenny.
The Way Cool License Plate Book. 2002
Offers license plate facts and trivia, vanity plate puzzles, and a wide range of license plate games.
[Education S-Collection: Q.S.793.7 W754w]

Wick, Walter.
Can You See What I See? Cool Collections: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve. 2004.
Readers search for objects hidden in photographs of buttons, dinosaurs, robots, shells, cars, animals, leaves, beads, game pieces, and the contents of a junk drawer.
[Education S-Collection: S.793.73 W632ca]

Boredom Busters on the Web

The following sites offer printable activities and games including road trip bingo, connect the dots, scavenger hunts, songs, string games, and more!

Puzzles & Games: Travel Games & Games for the Car
101 Car Travel Games & Ideas for Kids
Family Travel Games for the Road