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 series of travel books for kids called My Little Cities. It’s written by BabyLit author Jennifer Adams and illustrated by kidlit extraordinaire Greg Pizzoli. The series of children’s books about travel also expands to a New York City Skyline Playset and Travel Matching Game. (Post contains affiliate links.)
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 has been my preschooler’s favorite travel book for kids 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 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
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
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 these travel books for kids
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.
Chronicle Books sent me review copies of the My Little Cities series. All opinions are my own.
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