The world moves faster than my fingers. I add a new book to our Global Bookshelf at least once a day but find so many that I have to put on the backburner until I have time. So what’s a person who wants to share these books with the world to do? Welcome to my new monthly blog series: Children’s Travel Book Finds.
Please note that these books aren’t necessarily books that were published this month or even this year. These are just books that I want to tell you about.
That’s new to me: September 2019
How to Read a Book
by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
While not in any way a children’s book about travel, it is a children’s book about reading. I love a good book that helps kids find their own path to enjoying a book, so I wanted to share it anyway.
by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell minor
This isn’t a new book, it’s over 20 years old. But the topic and images remind me of my own childhood when I lived very close to the Everglades and I wanted to include it. Along with the story, the book highlights the endangered species living in the Everglades and I’d be interested to see how that compares to Everglades life in the 21st century.
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and illustrated by Gilbert Ford
I originally decided to add this book to this post because of how frequently big Ferris Wheels appear in cities around the world as a top family-friendly thing to do. Might as well include it in this list, right? Well, it turns out the Ferris Wheel’s introduction happened at the famous (infamous) Chicago World Fair. So along with learning about the history of this popular attraction, kids can get an insight into late 1800s Chicago. Also, expect this one to pop-up again in a future Livre Voyage, Travel-themed Family Book Club selection.
Words on Fire
by Jennifer A. Nielson
While the previous book on this list (Mr. Ferris and His Wheel) shows life in 1893 Chicago, this one takes us to the other side of the world – 1893 Lithuania. Lithuania is under Russian occupation. They’ve banned Lithuanian books, culture, art, and language. Audra’s entrusted to deliver a package in these conditions. This chapter book is geared for kids over age 8 and comes out in October 2019.
The Virginia Mysteries, A Series
by Steven K. Smith
I’m going to rely on the Amazon description for an explanation of this series of books, “Summer of the Woods is the first book in The Virginia Mysteries series. If you enjoy mystery and adventure like the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Magic Tree House, or National Treasure, you’ll love author Steven K. Smith’s exciting middle-grade series. The stories are modern-day fictional mysteries with twists of real locations and events from Virginia history. These fast-paced books are popular with both boys and girls ages 7-12, appealing to even reluctant readers!”
New books added to the Kids Travel Books Global Bookshelf
In addition to the finds above that HAVEN’T been added to our Global Bookshelf (yet), I wanted to highlight a few books that HAVE been recently added. Click on the link for more information about the book:
- How to Catch a Keeper – A Maine-set children’s book that showcases local lobster boats with words and illustrations by local artists.
- The Taste of a Strawberry – An Apple Books enhanced multi-senses children’s book set in Italy.
- When Spring Comes to the DMZ – Find out about life in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea in this picture book.