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Best Route 66 travel guide – books and map reviews

Best Route 66 travel guide – books and map reviews

When planning a trip on the historic mother road you really want to have a Route 66 travel guide with you.  There is so much to see, so many little details to point out that unless you have a guide or some maps, you’ll just drive right on by.  They can really help bring to life all the history of this amazing stretch of road.

 

Route 66 Travel Guide

If you’re looking for a Route 66 book about what you’ll find there, the attraction and where they all are, here’s what I think are some of the best books about Route 66 on the market:

EZ 66 Guide for Travelers

For some this is considered the best Route 66 guide and for good reason.  It’s a completely user friendly book with easy to read maps and being spiral bound it makes it easy to use.  I love that it has all sorts of ideas for many age ranges in it, including scavenger hunts and ideas to make the car journey great for kids.  If anything I think the style of the book is a little hard to get used to, but it doesn’t detract from the excellent content.

>>> For more information on this book, including reviews and current price click to view on your local Amazon – Amazon.com and Amazon UK <<<
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Route 66 – Dining and Lodging Guide

From the same publishers as the EZ 66 Guide comes a guidebook about the lodging and dining options available on Route 66.  With over 500 establishments reviewed this is really a great source while you’re on the road to discover the best of the road.  While I like to check things out online, this isn’t always an option while out and about so having this book to hand is great.  It’s especially good if you like to take your time and see where you end up in a day rather than planning too far in advance.

Always look for an up to date version of this book rather than going second hand – things change often on Route 66 so best to get up to date information!

>>> To see on Amazon.com and read more information about this book click here and also view on Amazon UK <<<

 

Route 66 Adventure Handbook

The Route 66 Adventure Handbook is a great read and is full of interesting bits of history about many of the areas along Route 66.  It’s not perfect if you’re travelling solo, because there is so much to read, but it’s good to have for passengers to read as you’re going along.  It’s a complete guide, with lodging and attraction info, plus maps – again be wary of things changing and go for the most up to date version.  Unlike the EZ66 book, this one is available on Kindle so perfect for packing light!

>>> Click here for more reviews of this route 66 guide book and if you’re in the UK view on Amazon UK <<<

 

 

Lonely Planet Route 66 Road Trips

This is more of a general guide for Route 66, but I think it would be excellent to read as part of your planning to get a good overview. Sometimes the more specific guidebooks have so much information that until you get there it’s a bit overkill.  This book is perfect to give you a taste, help you plan a great time, but not overwhelm.

>>> Find out more, including reviews here and if you’re in the UK View on Amazon UK <<<

 

 

 

Best Route 66 Maps

Here It Is! The Route 66 Map Series


If you’re looking for a separate map for route 66 rather than from guide books then these maps come highly recommended.  Again they are by the same publishers as the EZ66 guide book and actually it’s the same maps as the book.  It’s important to note that the maps are hand drawn and aren’t typical maps, but they are very useful.

>>> Find out more and read reviews of this item here and View on Amazon UK <<<

 

Route US 66 (Quick Access)

This is a nice laminated map of historic Route 66, it’s not as detailed as some of the others, but it’s still a good back up to the guide books.  I love that it’s more sturdy than the others and I think, even if it’s less detailed, that it would be a great map for kids to look at and see where they’re going.

>>> Find out more and read reviews of this item here

and view on Amazon UK <<<

 

 

To read more about our trip on Route 66 click here!

Children’s books about Italy

Children’s books about Italy

When planning trips abroad I love to prepare my kids by reading up as much as we can about the places we’re likely to visit.  These children’s books about Italy are some that we have personally owned and loved and others that are well reviewed and I wish my kids were young enough to enjoy again!  I hope you like the list.

Children’s books about Italy

The following books about italy for kids are separated into different sections.  We have picture books for younger kids, non fiction books for those of us who just like to devour facts, chapter books for independent readers and also a section at the end for learning Italian with kids.

 

Picture books about Italy

There are some really wonderful picture books about Italy on the market these days.  Some are about visiting the country itself and some are about historical figures from the country too and are suitable for older kids.  Here’s some favourites:

 

This is Venice

This is Venice is another wonderful book in the series by M Sasek.  I love the quaint old fashioned drawings, the book is originally from the sixties!  It tells about some of the wonderful sights to see and is perfect to prepare kids for a trip to Venice.

If you’re looking for children’s books about Rome then This is Rome is also available!

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

Gabriella’s Song

Gabriella’s Song is a picture book set in Venice and is a simple story about not just the city, but also about music.  Suitable for all ages.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

 

Escape from Pompeii

Escape from Pompeii will be an excellent read to prepare kids for a trip to the ancient site that was famously buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted.  Told from the perspective of a survivor and wonderfully illustrated this book will really help to see what life was life at the time of the eruption.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845070593/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bartsgoa-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1845070593&linkId=2273d25e9e011b85edfdf3a483da1160

 

 

Pippo the Fool

Pippo the Fool is set in Florence and tells the story of Filippo Brunneleschi who was the architect who designed the dome on Florence’s magnificent cathedral.  If you’re visiting this city it will definitely bring an extra dimension to help children appreciate the wonderful architecture of the city.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

Galileo’s Leaning Tower experiment

This looks like it’s out of print now, but can still be bought second hand.  If you’re off to the town of Pisa you’ll no doubt want to introduce your kids to the story about Galileo’s experiments from there.  Even if they might never have happened it’s fun to learn about!

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

Leonardo and the Flying Boy

Leonardo and the flying boy is set in Italy where it tells the tale of 2 young boys who are apprentices to the great Leonardo da Vinci.  It weaves a wonderful story that is full of facts about the life and time of the great artist and inventor.  This is part of a wonderful set of books by the same author that we loved when my kids were younger about artists.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

Starry Messenger

Starry Messenger is a picture book that is more suitable for a little older kids.  It tells the story about Galileo Galilei who had a turbulent life.  Although he was the first to think that the Earth was not the centre of the solar system and did experiments to prove it, it wasn’t received well by the church and he was imprisoned.  A little bit of a sad tale, but an interesting one about one of Italy’s great men of history.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

Non Fiction Books

 

Rome and Romans (Usborne Time Traveller)

If you’re visiting Rome and would like to show your kids what the ancient city was like then this Usborne book would be perfect.  Usborne books are really child friendly and can be dipped into as much or as little as you’d like.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

The Orchard Book of Roman Myths

If you’re looking for Ancient Rome books for kids then the The Orchard Book of Roman Myths will be an excellent addition.  By understanding and learning about the myths the people held at the time we can also come to appreciate some of their lifestyles in that time.  This is a great book with many myths and it has beautiful illustrations too.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Italian recipe books for kids

If you’re looking for some Italian recipes for kids then these books are worth checking out.  Nothing like a bit of food to make you learn about a country!

Let’s Cook Italian, A family cookbook

Let’s cook Italian would be a great book to have alongside you if you’re also learning the language because it’s also in Italian.  It’s aimed at kids and has some fantastic recipes inside like Spaghetti Carbonara, bruschetta and many more!

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

The Silver Spoon for Children: Favourite Italian Recipes

Including 40 authentic Italian recipes and aimed at kids over 10, this Italian cook book will get any family ready for their trip!

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

 

Chapter books

If you have independent readers and want to finds some children’s books set in Italy, these are some that we’ve enjoyed or had recommended to us.

 

Roman Mysteries Series

There are many books in the Roman Mysteries series and if you have children interested in that period of history and want to learn about it before a trip then these books might be good to dive into.  They are suitable for ages 9 +

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Daughter of Venice

Daughter of Venice is a story for 10+ set in 1500 Venice about a young girl whose future lies in a convent.  Before she’s taken to that life she decides she needs to see the real Venice.

This is on my bookshelf and I’m going to be reading it myself before we head to Venice next year!

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

The Thief Lord

Another chapter book set in Venice and aimed at kids aged 9-12 years.  The Thief Lord is about two young kids who run away from Hamburg to Venice and become street kids and a life of crime awaits.  This is an excellent book to read aloud as a family too.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Books to help learn Italian for kids

If you’re looking for Italian resources for kids to learn the language:

 

Cool Kids Speak Italian

Cool Kids Speak Italian has been designed for primary school aged kids.  Using puzzles, worksheets and colouring pages it brings the language to kids in a fun way.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Italian for beginners

Another Usborne book that is fantastic.  Italian for beginners has all the familiar illustrations that Usborne is known for with useful phrases to learn using comic strips.  Don’t be surprised that it’s also a good one for adults to use to learn Italian, but the way it presented makes it easily as good for kids to pick up.

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Am I small?

Italian picture books are a great way to introduce the language in a less formal way than lessons.  We used them a lot while learning Spanish, even when my kids were probably a bit old for picture books!

There does seem less choice for Italian bilingual books, but there are some about.  This one comes highly recommended and seems simple enough for beginners (and is also available in other languages too).

For more information, reviews and to buy this book click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

Best luggage for kids – from toddlers to teens!

Best luggage for kids – from toddlers to teens!

Whether you’re on a short or a long trip, domestic or international, finding the best luggage for kids, whether they are toddlers or teens, is worthwhile.  Why?  For many reasons, but it’s always nice to be able to get your kids to carry their own things – for one they’ll take less and they’ll also feel so much more excitement for the trip to have their own personal bags just for them.

In this article I’ll not only be looking at the best kids luggage, but also travel luggage for teens and for toddlers too.

Things to consider when choosing the best luggage for kids

Choosing luggage doesn’t have to be boring – for kids you get a whole range of exciting designs and characters to have on your suitcases and for me that’s one of the main things I like to look for – the fun factor!  Yes you can go with a boring old plain suitcase, but where’s the fun in that?  Getting something cute and fun will go a long way to making your kids holidays memorable, especially if they then take responsibility for packing and carrying their own special case.

Other things to consider are the longevity of the product – some suitcases are made cheaply and might not last that long, not great when on an international flight!  Just because they are aimed at kids, don’t think it’s ok to go for inferior products.

Size is the last thing to really consider.  Don’t go overboard thinking that bigger is better.  It won’t be that great if it’s too unwieldy for your child to manoeuvre.  Go for something easy to manage and small.  A great time to learn about minimalist packing!

Best toddler luggage

The important things to look for with toddler travel luggage is that it is appealing and fun to look at for them, after all you’re going to need them to want to wheel it, and also that it is a good size for them.  Too big and it will be unwieldy, you’ll likely overpack it and mum and dad will just end up taking it!

Toddlers don’t need huge amounts of space for clothes, so go small and pack light!  Here’s the best toddler luggage I’ve found that’s on the market at the moment.

 

Rolling suitcase for toddler

Skip Hop Zoo rolling suitcase

A rolling suitcase for toddlers is a great idea – get one that also has straps to enable it to be carried by parents if you need to like this one from Skip Hop Zoo.

This luggage is incredibly cute and small enough that it will be good for the littlest of kids.  I love that it has a parent strap so that it can be carried on a back when toddlers get tired, as we know they all do!  It’s in loads of animal designs from the owl pictured above to monkeys, giraffes, a butterfly and more.

It’s roomy enough for lots of things, a small amount of clothes, a cuddly toy and some picture books as well.  It’s within carry on limits for airlines too.

Another thing I like is that there are other travel products with the same designs – if you’re going on a long flight then maybe a matching neck rest would be good!

>>> To find out more about this luggage, read more reviews and check the latest price then click to see it on Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

Yodo rolling backpack

Another notable mention in this category, especially if you’re wanting a slightly smaller suitcase is this one from Yodo.  It’s a similar design, rolling suitcase, but this can also be converted in to a backpack if needed as well.  It has loads of play value too with a fun face design on it – again lots of different ones like a shark, monkey and owl.

>>> You can see more details, reviews and current price here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

 

 

Best ride on suitcase for toddler

Ride on suitcases are recommended for ages 3+ generally so bear that in mind when looking at them.  There are some great designs out there – my favourite has to be the Trunki though, not just because it’s a British design, but that there’s so much thought gone in to this small suitcase for kids.

Trunki

This bumble bee suitcase is a great unisex design, really fun, with handles to hold on to while wheeling it along, a strap for parents to pull it and loads of space inside for all you really need to take.  It’s great as kids carry on luggage too and fits airline restrictions.  It also has a 5 year guarantee.

>>> For more info on the Trunki suitcase, reviews and other designs click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

Best children’s suitcases

 

Best ride on suitcase for kids

Trunki

The invention of the ride on kids suitcase was amazing!  Ride on luggage is a brilliant design and you can’t get better than the fantastic Trunki suitcases so I’m going with this choice again for kids ride on luggage.  I wish we’d had this when my kids were that age!

I think this blue design is a much more classic look and if you want the suitcase to last a bit longer and maybe even pass down through lots of kids with different likes and dislikes, this one is great.

>>> To find out more about Trunki suitcases and the latest prices click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

Other notable ride on suitcases are:

Diggin Skootcase

The Diggin Skootcase is a really fun concept, taking the luggage design and adding in a bit of a fun scooter to it.  I’d probably not recommend this one for longer trips and more serious travelling, but for small trips or overnight stays it would be great.

>>>> Click here for more information and reviews – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<<

 

Vrum Ride On Suitcase

These ride on suitcases from Vrum are great if you like to have those characters and your kids are a bit obsessed – I know mine went through phases of it!  This one is the Spiderman version, but there’s also a Disney Princess design and other comic book versions too.

>>> Click for more reviews and the latest price – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

 

Best rolling suitcase for kids

Cabin Max

I love this rolling suitcase from Cabin Max with space for a cuddly toy in front to make your child’s best friend easily accessible and part of the journey!

Cabin Max is a good brand that make budget suitcases that are perfect for carry on, so if you’re looking for carry on luggage for kids it’s a really good choice and you can be sure it will be fine for the latest airline regulations.  It comes in a variety of colours and designs too.

>>> Check here for more reviews and the latest prices – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

 

 

Best luggage for teens and tweens

When kids get older, like mine, the bright colours and characters don’t matter so much.  They still need good luggage though, and if we can get them something good that will last them in to adulthood all the better.

Jurni

From the makers of Trunki comes a much more grown up ride on suitcase –  The Jurni!  My teen is planning to get one as soon as possible!  I think at the moment it is only available in the UK, but I imagine will be worldwide soon.

It’s similar to the Trunki in that you can ride on it, it turns in to a seat that you can use at an airport or waiting at the train station.  It’s in much more teen friendly colours – black with a bright accent colour.  The internal compartment is roomy too so you’ll be able to pack well for a weekend away.  At 20 litres, it’s not a huge piece of luggage, so probably not great for long term travel, but that depends on what you take of course.

One of my favourite features is the fact you can turn the suitcase in to a small cupboard / nightstand which I think would be really great while away.  I know my daughter loves to keep very organised and this really appeals to her.

>>> To see more about the Jurni on Amazon click here <<<

 

TrendyKid Travel Kool Luggage

A nice smart rolling suitcase is a great investment for teens.  If you can’t get the Jurni or are looking for something a little cheaper, then this hard shell suitcase is excellent for growing kids.  Not too cutesy but still a little bit funky and suitable for both boys and girls.

It feels like a grown up suitcase and can be used for many years.  It’s carry on luggage size and so will be perfect for quick trips or longer trips where you’re just being a bit more minimalist in packing!

>>> To check out more reviews about this product click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

 

Best travel backpack for teens

Osprey Farpoint 40

This backpack from Osprey comes with many great reviews from adults, especially since it comes in a smaller size suitable for people with smaller frames.  As such it would be great for teens as well.  If it’s good for my 5ft frame then a teen should be fine with it too.

It has great compartments, it’s compact and at only 40 litres it ensures that you’ll not be taking too much making their backpack too heavy and risking damage to their growing body.  It’s long lasting and comes from a reputable manufacturer so will even be great for when they get started on their own adventures!

>>> To find out more about this backpack click here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

 

As you can see there’s some great options when choosing the best luggage for kids – you certainly don’t have to have inferior or cheap and nasty products!

Don’t forget to check out my Packing Cubes review as well – a great idea to keep luggage organised whether for kids or for adults!

Children’s books about travel

Children’s books about travel

I love children’s books and I love travel, so it’s no surprise that I loved writing my last post about children’s books in London and have plans for many more articles that are similar.  There are so many children’s books about travel and about other countries and cultures nowadays and the luxury of our global marketplace means that we’re not limited to what our own countries produce.  I’ve personally found that the picture books and chapter books from the US are fantastic, but not anything I’d heard of in the UK!  I love exploring what’s around and so want to share what I find with you.

Even though my kids are much older now (teens when I last checked!) many of these books are recommended from personal experience and have been on our bookshelves at one time or another.

This page will include books that are about more general travel – see the end of the post for my links to individual city and country guides that I have made so far!

Picture books about travel

How to Make An Apple Pie and See the world

How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World is a wonderful book that is part picture book and part recipe book.  It tells the reader what to do if when you go to make apple pie that you find the market is closed.  What you do is travel the world for the ingredients!  A really fun book.

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for this book, click here – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

 

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? is another fun picture book about a boy on a long road trip to visit his Grandma.  While bored and asking ‘are we there yet?’ he begins to let his imagination run riot and meets many people and has a fun adventure.

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for this book, click here – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

This is the World

This is an abridged version of many of the individual books in the ‘This is…’ series by Miroslav Sasek.  So if you want to open up a little of everywhere for your kids this compilation book might be good for you.  This is the World is told in the wonderful vintage style that epitomises all of the books in the series.  It’s really a special book.

Check here for more information, reviews and the current price – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

Non Fiction kids books about travel

Lonely Planet Kids

The Lonely Planet kids series is a great set of books all about travel, about different cultures along with facts and figures that we know kids can’t get enough of!  This one, called The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book looks excellent, as does one aboutAdventures around the globe.

There’s a huge amount in the series so if you want to check them all out, including reviews and prices – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

Chapter books about travel

Travels with My Family

Travels with My Family is a fun chapter book for ages 7-10 years about a family who instead of doing the ‘normal’ thing of going to Disneyland get into all sorts of crazy adventures around the world.

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for this book, click here – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

 

Around the World in 80 Days

The classic adventure tale!  Around the World in 80 Days is actually one I don’t think I have read yet – one to remedy for sure!  I, of course, know the story though from the film adaptations and even a children’s cartoon when I was growing up!

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for this book, click here – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

 

The Story of the World

Not strictly a travel book, but this series is one that’s been on our shelves for a while and we used it a lot as part of home educating our kids.  It starts off in ancient times and tells the story of the world in small chapters all the way up to present day.  I love that it is told chronologically and not just in sections e.g. romans, then greeks.  Of course some of these civilisations co-existed and this book helps get your head around all of that.  Great for adults interested in history too!

There are four volumes each spanning a different time.

To find out more, read reviews and get the latest price for these books, click here – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

 

Great Explorers of the World

Great Explorers of the World is an audio book, but a great one that I highly recommend.  It doesn’t look like it’s still available to buy new but if you can get it 2nd hand then I urge you to get it!  It tells the story of many of the great explorers as they travelled the globe in search of new lands.  The stories are fantastic and great to listen to on journeys – we love it!

To find out more about this audio book click here – Amazon.com or Amazon UK

 

Kids travel journals

If you want to encourage your child to record their journey and vacation stories then getting them a kids travel journal is probably a great idea.  There are loads on the market now – you can see a selection here – Amazon.com, Amazon UK.

 

Country and City specific book lists

Check these pages out that I have created specifically for destinations around the world – lots more to come!

 

London

Italy

New York City

 

 

As always, if you have any suggestions and particular favourite kids books about travel you’d love to see on this list do let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in.

My favourite children’s books about London

My favourite children’s books about London

There are many children’s books about London from simple picture books to chapter books.  If you’re travelling to London with your family, get your kids excited about your upcoming trip with some books about the city!

My favourite children’s books set in London

I’m a big believer of getting the kids learning about the places we travel to way before we even arrive.  There’s nothing better than them recognising a monument because of a book they saw!  I thought it would be nice to share our favourite children’s books set in London that we have enjoyed over the years.

Children’s Picture books set in London

 

Katie In London

We love the Katie books and were really happy to see they had one set in London.  Katie In London tells the story as she travels with her Grandma to London and having great adventures while she’s there with the lions of Trafalgar Square.
If you’re planning a trip to the Natural History museum and have some dinosaur lovers then Katie and the Dinosaurs is also a great book. In fact the whole series is fab!

>>> Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

This is London

Part of a series of classic books about cities around the world, This is London takes us on a journey around the city, talking about the buildings and sights to see.  It was first written in 1959 so has a beautiful vintage feel, but is still entertaining to this day.

>>> Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

Madeline in London

Madeline in London follows the little French girl, Madeline as she goes on a school trip with the nuns of her school to see the Queen in London.  It’s a lovely series of books, with beautiful illustrations and wonderful rhymes adding a great feel to the story.

>>> Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

A Walk in London

Go on A Walk in London with this lovely picture book.  Showing many of the the sights that you’d see on your own walks round London this picture book is great for all sorts of age ranges of kids.

>>> Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

Paddington at the Palace

Who doesn’t love Paddington?  The lovely bear from Peru who was found at Paddington Station with just marmalade to eat is an endearing story (and for older kids, see below for the chapter book) Paddington at the Palace is a picture book showing Paddington on a trip to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards.

>>> Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com <<<

 

Non Fiction children’s books about London

 

London Children’s Map

This London Children’s Map really helps kids plan and see what’s happening on their trip.  With stickers to add to the map, including saying where they slept etc, it’s a really fun angle to give kids to create a memorable trip.

Check out latest prices and reviews for this map here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

The Story of London

We used this book before we headed to London for a day trip a few years ago and it helped us decide on the best sights to see for the kids.  They read about and wanted to see Cleopatra’s Needle – I’d have probably overlooked the sight, but they loved it!  Taking ownership of the trip was great for them.  (you can see more about our trip here).   The Story of London takes you through the history of London with great pictures and stories.

Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Horrible Histories – London

I love the Horrible Histories series (as do the kids!) and it’s perfect for learning about all sorts of historical periods.  This one concentrates on London and the history of the city from the kings and queens to facts about the city during both world wars.  The style is great for older kids as it doesn’t hold back on gruesome details, but always tells it in a fun way.

Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

William Shakespeare & the Globe

Although a picture book William Shakespeare & the Globe is aimed at older kids (8+) and goes through the life of William Shakespeare and also the Globe theatre in London.  If you have plans to visit this amazing site in London with your kids then a bit of child friendly background about Shakespeare is a good idea!

Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Chapter Books set in London

 

Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington is the original story about Paddington bear.  This is a short chapter book suitable for younger independent readers or it would also make a nice bedtime story.

Check out latest prices and reviews for this book here – Amazon UK or Amazon.com

 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is a classic, set in London in Victorian times, and a great bedtime story for the lead up to your trip to London – we listened to this audio book version read by Jim Dale and can highly recommend that.  Maybe one for the journey?

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Harry Potter

The brilliant Harry Potter Series begins with some iconic scenes in London as Harry takes his first trip on the Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross Station.  How fab would it be when after reading this you visit the real Kings Cross Station’s platform 9 and 3/4??  Yes it does exist!  The illustrated version here is brilliant and will help bring the book to life!

 

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London Eye Mystery

If you have independent readers who like a bit of mystery then maybe this book will whet their appetite to see more of what London has to offer.  The London Eye Mystery is great for older children and receives great reviews.

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Have you any favourite kids books about London that I have missed?  I’d love to know about them!

 

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Children's books about London