Growing Reader

Tween

It’s a Big, Big World:
Great Travel Writing for Kids

by Tom Burns

Go to the “Travel” section of your local bookstore and you’ll find stacks of books all about Paris, Rome, and various other exotic locations. But do you know what you won’t find? Very many books for kids. While there are lots of geography books written for children, there are precious few works of travel writing — memoirs, guidebooks, or real-life travel adventures — that are actually written with young readers in mind.

If you want to show your kids what a remarkably enriching experience travel can be — without having to empty your bank account — try sharing one of these rare gems of kid-focused travel writing with them and watch as they slowly begin to grasp the awesome power of wanderlust.