Heading off to the beach someday soon? The mountains? Across the state to visit relatives? Give your kids a preview of where you’re going with at least a few books about your destination, or what you’ll see en route. And while you’re traveling, let the kids’ books determine at least part of your route, or what you do.
You may not be heading to Paris, as one family recently did with young children and a copy of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans as its tour guide, but your library is sure to have picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, about camping, boating, Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, the Oregon Trail, landmarks and other typical vacation destinations. The National Park Service gift stores also usually have paperbacks or coloring books that show popular sites and common wildlife in each park.
- Wheat farms
- The locations of Indian boarding schools
- Coal-mining towns and their museums
- Forest history tours
- Dams built to generate hydroelectric power as Works Progress Administration projects during the Great Depression
- Sites of World War II Japanese internment camps
- World’s Fair sites like Seattle’s Space Needle and New York’s Flushing Meadows Park
Exhibits about such volcanic eruptions as Mount St. Helens in Washington and the Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii
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