If you read my update last week you know that I’m doing a lot of behind the scenes work here on KidsTravelBooks.
(Is Friday update day until my New Newsletter launches? Maybe. Except I just realized that my update was actually on MONDAY! Two in one week, with lots of overlapping info. But this one has awesome links and info about a challenge I’m participating in on IG starting Tuesday)
Improving the Global Bookshelf
Two things are centered around the KidsTravelBooks Global Bookshelf.
First off, I’m improving the state pages. I’m highlighting some books, adding some information about bookish things to do that would be fun for the family, and linking to outside sources for travel tips. I’m working alphabetically and the last state I completed is New York State. I’m pretty sure I’ve also skipped a state, but I’ll go back
Part of the difficulty in these updates is finding the bookish family friendly activity in each state. I’ve been heavily relying on two awesome sites to help me find kid-friendly options, but through this I’ve discovered so many other cool experiences. Most aren’t book related, many aren’t kid-friendly, but I have to share the good finds.
- Atlas Obscura: They have a whole section of cool and unusual things to do in each state. And most countries. I think it’s actually worth it to check this site before planning your own trips. Especially if you’re a fan of “off the beaten path” travel. One of my favorite finds is The Tree that Owns Itself. I feel like a special trip to Athens, GA is worth it just to see this tree.
- Book Riot: Book Riot has a ton of book news, even children’s book’s news. However, one of my favorite things is to find book tips for visiting cities. Most of these places reference things only the adults on the trips will know, but it’s not for me to decide if it’s worth a visit from your family. Also, they have this cool post of YA things to do in the U.S.
Improving the book listings
The thing that’s taking me a little (
There are almost 2,000 books in the directory, and I think I’ve added age ranges to 100 of them. It’s going to take a while.
However, if you’re interested in browsing these books, I’ve created a new menu item under Global Bookshelf, children’s travel books by age range. Remember, there’s not a lot there yet!
Instagram updates #the100dayofIGposts
For the past few years, I’ve been following a fun IG hashtag party. It’s 100 Day Project #the100DayProject. Starting April 2, participants will do 100 days of something of their choosing. I’m going to do #100DaysofIGPosts.
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made a simple tracker for #the100dayproject ✨ you can grab a screenshot in my stories or a link to download and print your own. what are you working on this year?! this project has changed how I think about time, creativity and showing up. see all my past projects: #100daysofelisepeptalks #100plantsonfabric #100craftadventures
Yes, I’m not so good at updating my IG account (here if you don’t already follow it). I’m hoping this will help. It may be a fun time to start following me since the 100 days will include a trip to Iceland, a possible move to another city, and a collection of children’s travel books when I’m not sure what else to post about. (Ie. this is not 100 days of children’s books posts, but there will be some.)
It starts on April 2. If you are also participating on #the100DayProject, please let me know in the comments of my post on IG (it looks like the image below) and I will follow you and cheer you on.