cover-lasseter  This isn’t a book to take travelling (too big) but certainly one to help you dream up your next adventure. It says on the cover that it’s not for parents, but it is… if you’re a travel geek and love trawling over information about different countries. Maps, facts, pics and illustrations covering 166 countries. It’s a great book for kids too…

This series is great. Laid out like a scrapbook, each page is filled with interesting information and pics. It’s also portable, which is important to us. However I do believe the books could’ve been a little more “interactive.” I believe in not only giving kids information, but letting them discover it themselves.  Overall though, these are great for kids who are visiting Paris, or learning about Paris at school.


Not For Parents London

Not For Parents New York

Not For Parents Rome


This is a lovely book, and small too, so easy to shove in a bag. Great tips, information and illustrations make it perfect for any family travelling to Paris.


Fodor’s Around London with Kids

Fodor’s Around Washington, D.C. with Kids

Fodor’s Around New York City with Kids


A family favourite in this house. We have the picture book AND the audio, and while the kids are getting a little old for it now, it still makes an appearance every now and then. It’s about a family on the great Aussie road trip, and has wonderful text and illustrations. A must have for every adventurous family.




Travel with Children (How to) – Maureen Wheeler

I had been on the road for years when I fell pregnant with my first child. I immediately bolted to the closest bookstore (I was in London at the time) and bought THIS book. I was so relieved to read that having a child would not stop me from travelling. Apart from all the tips and advice there were some wonderful stories from parents who were actually out there travelling with there children. This book lost it’s relevance the more I travelled, however that original copy still sits on my shelf and holds great sentimental value.


Take Your Kids to Europe, 8th: How to Travel Safely (and Sanely) in Europe with Your Children – Cynthia Harriman. There is a reason this book is in its 8th edition—it is the book to buy for families travelling to Europe. For seasoned travellers some of the information provided is a little obvious, and not overly adventurous, but it is still a must have for families embarking on their first European trip.
The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book: Games to Play, Songs to Sing, Fun Stuff to Do – Guaranteed to Keep You Busy the Whole Ride! (Everything Kids Series) – Jeanne & Erik HansonI’m pleased that this is now available for Kindle. It’s a good book but I always felt the hardcopy was too bulky. We like to travel light. Now we can with this on our eReaders.
Gulliver’s Travels for Kids (Classics for Kids) – Luke Hayes. How do you teach your child to travel? It’s not just about travelling around the world; it’s also about opening up other worlds. This is a great version of Jonathan Swift’s classic, and a journey all kids should take.

Crispin Scales and the Golden Pearl – Ruby Blessing

Crispin Scales is the clumsiest dragon in the Realm. Unfortunate – because an ancient spell has chosen him to save the world, embedding a golden pearl in his chest to prove it. When his best friend, the Princess Marlo, is kidnapped by King Gary and his side-kick, the evil armoured dragon Lux, Crispin reluctantly teams up with the rebellious witch Chance to try and save her. All standard stuff really – except Crispin must first learn to control his magic, escape a hungry pack of bloodhounds and get past the two-headed dragon. Oh, and avoid being killed. Something he’s not particularly good at…

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Revised Edition – Ruth Van Reken & David Pollock. Since it was first published, this book has become the must-have book for expatriate families. It’s an easy mix of academic research with practical anecdotes and advice. An essential book for anyone moving or raising their kids overseas.

The Art of Travel – Alain de BottonI love this book. I read it and am always inspired to travel more. Rather than tell us how to travel this book makes us question why we travel.