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Many a parent has encountered glassy eyes and whines of "I'm bored!" when the whole family goes sightseeing. The Travel for Kids Web site offers a compelling solution to the boredom problem, through recommendations of "fun books" that bring other places and times to life.
Kids from grade-schoolers to teens will be thrilled to visit the art museums of Paris after they've played The Impressionist Art Game. Ancient Rome will come alive for them after they've looked through books with transparent overlays of ruins then and now, plus a gladiator activity pack or Roman mysteries. Why go to Canada? Eh? to Zed will tell the story.
Travel for Kids, an internationally acclaimed Web site used by parents, teachers, and children worldwide, has been providing global travel advice to parents since 2000. The site now includes recommendations for reading and audiovisuals that will help get kids excited about a trip, learn more about what they've seen after they're back home, or enjoy imaginary and imaginative travel.
Travel for Kids reviews of "fun books" have been created for more than 30 countries and are keyed to the country, region or city page on the site. Staff experts have surveyed a wide range of formats and topics, including fiction and non-fiction for ages ranging from toddlers to teens board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books and young adult reading. Over 1,000 recommended books, plus selected activity packs, audio CDs, and videos, are available through the site for immediate purchase on Amazon.com.
Reading kids' books before you go on a trip is fun for everyone in the family, whether it's a just-released historical novel, an old favorite, gorgeously illustrated picture books, a book for a new reader. For busy adults, children's books can provide quick historical overviews, too. "Before we went to India, I read the Ramayana out loud to my boys," said Camille Cattaneo, Staff Writer. "And when we were in India, we kept seeing the story everywhere in paintings, in sculpture, in temples, in dance."
Going to London?
Choose from a retelling of Oliver Twist, with illustrations of
1830's London, or an easy reader of Sherlock Holmes. Waiting in
train stations, look for A Bear Called Paddington. Teens
can dig into Victorian London in the Sally Lockhart Trilogy or a novel about the plague. Before visiting the Tower of London,
check out You Wouldn't Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon, Henry VIII and His Chopping Block, or historical fiction
about Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. If you plan to see a performance
at the Old Globe, try reading Shakespeare stories aloud. Get to
know the British monarchy before touring Buckingham Palace with
a short guide to The Kings & Queens of England and
Scotland or a charming picture book for toddlers, The Queen's
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