“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain
We love family travel because, besides the obvious perks of R&R, sightseeing, and exploring new places, traveling opens our minds to new cultures and people. It makes us more accepting to others and that’s something we, as parents, truly want for our children.
That’s why we’re fans of the A Kids’ Year book series by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling, published by EK Books
Each of these picture books features a snapshot of a city or a country — New York, Texas, Scotland, England, and Australia are books available now. Broken down into the twelve months of the year, they cover culture, lifestyle, and traditions, as seen through the eyes of five children. We love that the children featured are diverse and differently-abled too.
With whimsical and colorful illustrations, personal stories told by the children, and facts about each city and country, these books are a cross between a picture book on culture and a travel guide.
It’s impossible to read through the series and not be inspired to travel. My 9 year old now has some serious wanderlust for all the places she hasn’t visited yet and a stronger love for New York.