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Collection Development: Travel

By December 7, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog


Lonely Planet Books for Kids

Books for Travel

Lonely Planet has launched a terrific series of travel books for kids. And right now they are having a 33% off sale. (we do not get any money or consideration in these recommendations, I just thought it was a good deal and I like the books)

When I went to Tokyo, I loved seeing the attractions through a child-eye view and family friendly recommendations.


Cover Tokyo City Trails

Contents page of Tokyo guide book for kids

Sample pages


I also like fiction set in the place I am visiting

For example recently a grandmother requested titles for her middle-school grandchild. They were going to take a trip to London and Paris.

I asked what the child liked to read and she wrote, “They are reading a lot of Manga (Hikaru No Go, One Piece, Dragonball) from Japan and also American graphic novels. (He loved Nathan Hale, for example.) As for regular novels — they loves fantasy — read all of Rick Riordan, Wings of Fire, etc. But for some reason lately they have only been interested in reading graphic novels instead of regular novels.”

My Recommendations

For London how about Manga Classics: Great Expections?
I am just going to assume that the grandchild has already read Harry Potter.
For contemporary London not a graphic but high interest that traipses about the city, 
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd.

cover London Eye Mystery American edition.

London eye mystery British Edition.

This is the perfect age to be reading Sherlock Holmes original short stories and there are original editions. If they likes Nathan Hale, they will like Horrible Histories: London. 
I also think he might like the DK Eyewitness guide to London and DK Eyewitness guide to Paris both published in 2018 and extremely graphic.
For Paris- Three Musketeers illustrated by Brett Helquist
 Hugo Cabret would be a perfect Paris fiction if they hadn’t read it.

cover of Hugo Cabret

From Brian Selznick’s website-“ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.

Click here if you’d like to watch the opening sequence of drawings in The Invention of Hugo Cabret. ”


Picture books are also great. Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock is one of my favorites. 

Cover of Adele and Simon

  The ABC of It: Why Children Children’s Books Matter

To pre-order your copy of the physical book here


Cover of The ABC of It

Reminder- Your local bookseller can take orders for pick up on or after the release date of February 15, 2019.

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