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9 Books to Keep Kids Entertained During Summer Road Trips

by Keith Rice

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With grandparents who live in a different state, road trips are a fact of life for my little guy, and I spend a good amount of time figuring out ways to make these drives as entertaining — and meltdown free — as possible. While that’s a bit tricky with my toddler, I can’t wait for the day when I can start adding books into the mix. They’re the perfect way to make those hours on the turnpike fly by.

Whether activity books or travel-themed readers, there’s an entire world of engaging and super fun options to keep beginning and growing readers busy on your next family trip. Here are a few of our favorites.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2021.