My kids have been lucky enough to see a bit of the world first-hand. This is an unbelievable opportunity for them. However, like most families, we aren’t able to spend all our days traveling the world. This is where books come to play. I’m really excited to get to tell you about a new board book series focusing on toddler wanderlust called My Little Cities. It’s written by BabyLit author Jennifer Adams and illustrated by kidlit extraordinaire Greg Pizzoli. The series also expands to a New York City Skyline Playset and Travel Matching Game. (Post contains affiliate links.)

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My Little Cities board book series for babies and toddlers
This series of board books is perfect for families who love to travel!

As you may have guessed from my post Baby + Toddler Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust, I love board books! They are sturdy enough for my baby to gnaw on and roughly flip the pages. Yet, my preschooler can use the imagery to create his own story about the people and places featured. What’s extra cool is that my preschooler can “read” the books to his little brother.

My Little Cities: Paris

My Little Cities: Paris toddler board book
This was one of our favorite pages because we got to see the Eiffel Tower in person!

My Little Cities: Paris has been my preschooler’s favorite book of the series since we recently spent 3 days in Paris. He likes to proudly point out the Eiffel Tower and talk about how we chose not to climb up it because the line was too long. I also point out the glass pyramid and try to explain how the Louvre is home to world-famous art. Mostly, we look at the pictures and reminisce about our own trip. And we practice a little bit of French. And we talk about the yummy food we ate.

My Little Cities: New York

My Little Cities: New York board book for babies and toddlers

My Little Cities: New York features the only city in this series I haven’t been to. I’m hoping to remedy that soon! So, I find this book extra exciting because neither my kids nor I have experienced this place. We talk a bit about familiar things like taxis and busy streets. But, we also get to wonder aloud what it would be like to see the Statue of Liberty in person. I like being just as curious as my preschooler about places!

My Little Cities: San Francisco

My Little Cities: San Francisco baby board book
My oldest loves bridges, so we talk a lot about the “big, red bridge in San Francisco!”

San Francisco is the first and only road trip I have taken to date. Back in college, my best friend and I drove from Seattle to San Francisco to see the sights. It was an incredible trip filled with special memories. Because of that trip, San Francisco represents freedom and “big city” life. We took my oldest to San Fransisco briefly when he was really little. My grand plan is to take my kids on a road trip down to San Fransisco and I tell them my plan each time we look at My Little Cities: San Francisco.

My Little Cities: London

My Little Cities: London travel board book for kids
This is our favorite page of the book because we can re-enact what the changing of the guard looks like!

London is probably our next big family trip. I’ve heard that the public transportation makes it easy to get around the city with little kids. Plus they have a transportation museum that my kids would enjoy. I like to use My Little Cities: London to familiarize them with the city so they will recognize places when we actually visit.

Final Thoughts about My Little Cities Board Books

My Little Cities travel board book series for babies and toddlers
My favorite part about the My Little Cities series is how my oldest was able to “read” the books to his little brother.

The text on each page is large and succinct. This makes them great first books for early readers. The back pages of these books give a bit of background about each of the sights. I haven’t been back to London since I was 18 years old. I’m glad I didn’t have to make up answers to my preschooler’s questions. It’s like having a cheat sheet! These are fast becoming our go-to books outside of nap time and bedtime.

Travel Board Books for BabiesChronicle Books sent me review copies of the My Little Cities series. All opinions are my own.

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45 Comments

  1. If I had children, these are the books I would buy them! They look colourful and engaging for children of young ages. I’m sure your two had fun looking through them!It’s very easy to get around London via public transport, just avoid the rush hour!

  2. What a fun idea! I love the cute little illustrations and big text, which, like you said, is easier for kids to read and learn. If I had kids, I’d totally invest in these!

  3. Wow! Why didn’t they have the My Little Cities series when I was growing up? These books help children see beyond their physical environment and recognise that there’s a whole wide world out there. I hope the authors focus on countries too!

  4. These are absolutely adorable. When my girls were small we’d pick up books from the local library, but they were never about travel. I like the illustration it’s very fun.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I love the travel element because it gives us a lot to talk about!

  5. Loving these little books! The illustrations are really cute and gorgeous! I have two little nieces who would love this. They are starting to read and this will really benefit them!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Aren’t the illustrations cute? My boys seem super engaged!

  6. Great post! These books look like so much fun, I would even read them for myself! 😉 But honestly, I will probably get one of these for my little nephew!

  7. Abhinav Singh Reply

    That’s quite an innovative concept. Till the first 20 years of my life, my vacation was limited to an annual visit to my grandparents’ home. Kids these days have such amazing opportunities. I would love to gift this to my nephews and nieces.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s VERY important to find books that you would enjoy reading over and over (and over and over!)

  8. What cute books. I love that they are board books which makes it easy for toddlers to hold on to.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, both my kids are able to be rough with the books and they have held up nicely!

  9. This is an amazing idea especially for people who can’t afford to travel with their children! Your children are adorable!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, families can travel the world vicariously through books!

  10. I love the idea of these! I can see them being a good way to introduce culture and travel to little ones, or even use as part of a homeschooling program. And the illustrations are adorable!

  11. I wish I had known about these books a month back! Was visiting my niece after a really long time and didnt know what to gift her. Spent about an hour at toys r us and didn’t even get anything. Ended up giving her some books from Barnes and Noble. Had I known about these, I would have saved so much time and she would have just loved it. Such sure illustrations!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! Shopping for nieces and nephews can be really tricky. Glad you found something eventually, though!

  12. aaaae…these are so adorable. i think it’s really cool to get them reading about travel,. it think it also prepares them to be excited about it as they get older too.

  13. omg these are the cutest books! def the perfect gift for a friend with a kid (none of my own yet! )

  14. The idea of these books are not just great for learning to read. It is also a great way to expand their thinking beyond the everyday environment and culture they are used to. You can never be too young to start being aware of the rest of the world. What a great way to also encourage a love of books and travel.

    • marciecheung Reply

      We’ve been trying to show cultural awareness with our kids since they were born. It’s really important to us that they really understand that the world does not revolve around THEM.

  15. Abigail Sinsona Reply

    I love educational books for children too! I was so happy that my nephew was into books so I bought him a few. These kinds of books would be great to teach kids about geography and travel at such a young age.

    • marciecheung Reply

      We totally pull up maps and globes to find these destinations and talk about how long it would take to fly there!

  16. These travel books for children are so informative for them as would create their interest and curiosity to see the world. What an innovative idea to make children adapt to travel. Books are so colorful and their illustrations are very informative too.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I love that these books encourage us to talk about how people live all over the world.

  17. I think this is such a great way to help children start building an awareness for the world and develop that curiosity to explore. You have given your kids such wonderful opportunities to travel and it great that through these books you can keep that encouragement for your kids to be curious about the world. And they are so cute!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, building cultural awareness starts from day one!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’d totally decorate my son’s room with the illustrations 🙂

  18. Loved the books. This looks like a great idea for kids to fell in love with travel. If i would have had kids I would have definitely bought for them. The pictures are so colorful. Loved the illustrations.

    • marciecheung Reply

      The bright colors really are fabulous! Plus, reading about fun destinations sparks a lot of interesting bedtime conversations!

  19. I have a 3 year old so can appreciate how useful these books are. My daughter would really relate to the pictures, especially after visiting them and I’m sure she’d attach a story to them. What a good idea these travel books are!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, it’s so cool when kids start developing memories based on destinations!

  20. What a gorgeous set of books for little ones! My three girls would love these. It’s a great way to start showing kids what a wide and wonderful world we have and get them to start dreaming of their own adventures! We are London based and love seeing the changing of the guard!

    • marciecheung Reply

      These books are so pretty to look through! I’m all about encouraging kids to explore their world!

  21. These are the cutest little books ever. Even though I don’t have kids, I will hopefully one day and would love for them to read these!! I want them to be well rounded and accustomed to the the culture, language and diversity of other countries!

    • marciecheung Reply

      These books start a lot of great conversations about how life is different in other parts of the world.

  22. Awww! These books are the cutest things ever! If and when I have kids in the future, I’ll definitely wanna get them these as well. Such a great way for toddlers to learn about the world!!

    • marciecheung Reply

      They are adorable! Plus, it reminds me of places I want to visit!

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