Kids Travel Books

Travel Books for Kids.

This is part 1 of a series of whats in my bag when I travel with the kids. 

Planes, trains, boats or restaurants I am always looking for things to keep the kids entertained while traveling. Entertaining toddlers on trips can be so hard!

I know books are heavy, but they are one of my favorite things to bring the toddlers when we are on the go. I love books that are engaging for the kids and still entertaining and fun.

I’m currently obsessed with Usborn books. I see them all the time when we are traveling in bookstores – including a few in the Queen Mary 2 bookstore!

I wanted to run through a few that seem to always be with us these days.

For My One Year Old.

Baby’s Very First Slide & See Under the Sea.  This book is small and compact making it easy to travel with. Pieces on each page move by sliding a finger into a hole and moving it back and forth or up and down. He loves trying to move them and so does his brother!  My one-year-old loves fish so this is just perfect. (There is also a jungle option if fish are not your thing.)

That’s Not My Plane and That’s Not My Train. The “That’s Not My…” series is one of our favorite. These books are available in every possible kiddo (or mommy) obsession. We like the plane and train ones for travel. Each page has something new to touch, simple wording and a hidden mouse. In addition to being great for your tiny, this is one of the first books my three-year-old started repeating, an early literacy phase.

For My Three Year Old.

Usborn Travel Books on Dutch Dutch Goose

My friend’s adorable son reading the lift the flap Airport book with his dad on a recent trip.

Look inside an Airport and Look inside Trains.  The look inside books (also available in other themes) are full of information and pull up flaps. Each page features 3-10 flaps that lift in all directions.) My three-year-old loves having these books read to him, but is also happy to sit and look at them on his own.

The Lift the flap Airport book is frequently requested for car rides too.

Build A Picture Train Sticker Book  and First Sticker Book Trains. Again these sticker books come in a variety of themes, as usual the trains are our favorite. (I have the Town book saved for our next big trip.) These books have a variety of stickers with varying levels of instructions. Some pages are completely free form while others have instructions like “make sure your train has space for passengers.”

Lots of Things to Spot In Town and 1001 Things to Spot Animals.  These books have a variety of levels at which they can be used. On his own my three year old can look at the number and picture in the margin and start to look for things. There are also more advanced challenges on each page that I have to read to him. The books have stickers that are used in the book as well. I find these pack the most bang for their buck! And… you guessed it they come in a variety of themes.

101 Things To Do ON A Trip Wipe Clean Cards are perfect for any part of your trip.

101 Things To Do On A Trip Wipe Clean Cards.  This deck of cards comes with a small dry erase marker. Each card features two activities from a maze or word search to prompted doodling. I punched a hole in these cards and connected them with a binder ring. I carry them in my purse with the included dry erase marker and some Crayola Dry Erase Crayons.  This way they stay together but I can dole them out to any kid that needs them. Even my one-year-old loves drawing on them. They can be used as a guided or unguided activity.
Two other things you should know about Usborn books that will instantly make them a family favorite. 1) They are so well made. They are not your ordinary lift the flap or touch and feel books. My two boys are tough on books but have done minimal damage to our Usborn books. 2) If you kids do rip them they have a 50% replacement program.

Through my partnership with Usborn books I’m able to create a Usborn Wish List for you. If that is something you are interested in you can contact me with your children’s ages and interests and I will be happy to help.
Usborn is a sponsor of my blog. The statements above are my observations based on my absolute love of these books. I was not provided any language to use. If you purchase from my links though I do receive some compensation.




Elizabeth is a Type A, Attorney turned Stay-at-Home Mom, who moved her family across the Atlantic for an adventure. She can often be found out and about finding fun things for her littles to do. Elizabeth loves to read, craft and chat with friends. She will try just about anything and loves to share her experiences.

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