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5 Great Children’s Books for Little Travelers

Traveling is better with books! This summer, keep your little ones happy and entertained during long car rides and flights with the right reads. To help, we’ve curated a short list of travel-perfect books for young readers (and the whole family)!

1. Press Here: Board Book Edition

By Hervé Tullet

A bestselling, interactive book from renowned creator Hervé Tullet, Press Here invites readers to touch the yellow dot on the book cover, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. This small board book is also easy to pack.

Find Press Here: Board Book Edition here.

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2. Little Plane

By Taro Gomi

The perfect in-flight read for young passengers, this board book (which is easy to tote around) tells the story of a plane learning to fly! When you’re small and on the go, there’s a lot to watch out for: tall trees, muddy hills, and more! With a positive attitude and confidence, Little Plane will make it safely to his destination and have lots of fun along the way.

Find Little Plane here.

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3. Pigs in a Blanket

By Hans Wilhelm, illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Ease your young traveler to sleep while away from home with the Pigs in a Blanket board book. The adventure starts when you open the “blanket” flaps of this novelty board book to help the piglets wake up. Readers then follow the pigs through their fun-filled day before finally climbing back into bed again. This is the only bedtime book you’ll need while on the road!

Find Pigs in a Blanket here.

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4. Let’s Learn Japanese

By Aurora Cacciapuoti

An accessible introduction to the rich language and culture of Japan, this compact book is the ideal travel primer and companion for aspiring Japanese speakers of all ages. Pairing words and characters with simple, whimsical illustrations, Let’s Learn Japanese is at once instructive and a joy to behold.

Find Let’s Learn Japanese here.

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5. Catch Me: A Seek-and-Find Book

By Anders Arhoj

Cats and dogs rule—and wreak humorous havoc—in this innovative picture book that reads from front to back and back to front! A family-fun read, Catch Me will have everyone searching for a sly cat, Big Meow, and an elusive dog, Little Woof, through 11 richly detailed scenes of countless dogs, cats, and other cute creatures. It’s two seek-and-find experiences in one book and endless fun.

Find Catch Me: A Seek and Find Book here.

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Explore more travel books—including books for grown-up travelers— here.

Mary Duke

Mary Duke

Children’s Marketing Manager at Chronicle Books. She likes animals, snack time, thrift stores, and going to bed early.
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