Best Children's Books About Travel

59 Children's Books About Travel

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Wherever You Go book
#1
Wherever You Go
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Roads give you chances to seek and explore. Want an adventure?Just open your door. Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey over steep mountain peaks, through bustling cityscapes, and down long, winding roads to discover the magical worlds that await them just outside their doors. Award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller's lilting rhyme and bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler's enchanting, lush landscapes celebrate the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road--the same road that will always lead you home again.

Aw, Nuts! book
#2
Aw, Nuts!
Written and illustrated by Rob McClurkan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Squirrel sets off on a chase after the perfect acorn in debut author-illustrator Rob McClurkan's picture book Aw, Nuts! With bold, graphic art, Squirrel will have young readers laughing out loud on every page, eager to find out what will happen next. Squirrel loves acorns, so when he spots the perfect one, he must have it! But it bounces away. . . . So he jumps into a taxi, but the taxi runs out of gas. Aw, nuts! He bounces on a pogo stick, but it lands in a hole. Aw, nuts! He hops on a boat, gets shipped away, hitches a ride on a little girl's bike, and more! Will Squirrel be able to catch up to the most delicious acorn ever?

Landmarks book
#3
Landmarks
Written and illustrated by Katie Wilson
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Applying the tactile features of Montessori teaching, this innovative board book uses enhanced spot UV treatments to teach little ones about famous monuments from around the world, including the Eiffel Tower, The Statue of Liberty, and the Great Wall of China. One-of-a-kind colorful illustrations, sturdy board pages, and no moveable parts make this a unique addition to an early learning collection.

Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines book
#4
Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The sheep on the hillside were munching away, much as they always did, day after day, when suddenly something went ZOOM overhead! "Let's go and see what it is!" they all said. And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure as the magnificent sheep take to skies in their spiffing, yellow flying machine...

The Snail And the Whale book
#5
The Snail And the Whale
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

Borka book
#6
Borka
Written and illustrated by John Burningham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Odd appearances don't get in the way of adventure in a jubilant new edition of John Burningham's very first picture book, back by popular demand. Mr. and Mrs. Plumpster are delighted when their six eggs hatch into adorable baby goslings. But one has them worried: Borka, who was born without feathers. The doctor encourages Mrs. Plumpster to knit Borka a fuzzy sweater, but while it helps keep out the cold, it doesn't keep all the other young geese from teasing Borka -- until, come migration day, her siblings fly off without her. What is the tearful goose to do? In a brand-new edition of his debut book for children --awarded a prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1963 -- the incomparable John Burningham turns a sad beginning into a whimsical tale of pluck and serendipity, kindness and kindred spirits, as he celebrates the rare birds among us.

Summer Supper book
#7
Summer Supper
Written by Rubin Pfeffer and illustrated by Mike Austin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From sowing seeds in spring to savoring succotash, follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm summer evening. Told entirely in words beginning with the letter “s," this book will give children an appreciation for the process by which their food travels to the dinner table. Mike Austin cleverly incorporates Rubin Pfeffer’s words into his art and creates a visual feast in which kids will love to indulge! Layers of humor and storytelling make this worth many revisits.

Hannah Is My Name book
#8
Hannah Is My Name
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

"Based on her own immigration story, Yang’s offering is a winner — a spot-on depiction of the immigration experience in America." — KIRKUS REVIEWS It’s a long way from Taiwan to San Francisco, but Hannah’s family has made the journey because they want to make America their home. In America, Baba tells his daughter, people are free to say what they think, and children can grow up to be whatever they choose. As Hannah takes a new name, starts a new school, learns a new language, and adjusts to a new way of life, they all wait — and hope — for the arrival of the green cards that will assure they are finally home to stay.

Wordy Birdy book
#9
Wordy Birdy
Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by David Mottram
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. “Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky!” But does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: “That’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty tree and that’s a pretty danger sign and that’s a pretty tree… .” Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend. Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things) book
#10
Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things)
Written and illustrated by L. Pichon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Since Tom forgets everything, it’s not surprising that he forgot all about the trip he’s supposed to go on with class 5F. It’s good that his family helps keep him on track (even, once in a while, his grumpy sister, Delia)! Luckily, there are loads of excellent things to do on the trip, like making rafts, eating snacks, and seeing some very weird creatures. That is, as long as Tom doesn’t get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse (looking at you, Marcus Meldrew!).

Go West! book
#11
Go West!
Written and illustrated by Pascal Blanchet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Hop on board for the journey of a lifetime as you head out west to Los Angeles, stopping in some of North America’s best-loved cities along the way, including New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, and San Francisco. Explore how the railroad shaped the nation’s history and discover some of its most iconic locomotives in this stylishly designed book by Canadian author/illustrator, Pascal Blanchet.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! book
#12
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-17

Dr. Seuss's wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You'll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads--from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life's ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, "Seuss's message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act,' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'" A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

The Treasure of Pirate Frank book
#13
The Treasure of Pirate Frank
Written by Elspeth Graham, Mal Peet and illustrated by Jez Tuya
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A boy and his dog set sail in search of treasure, braving stormy seas, mountains snowy and cold, the forest where the monkeys swing, the swamp where the bullfrogs sing, and other challenging obstacles, before finally reaching the end of their quest—the treasure of Pirate Frank. But there’s a surprise in store when they discover that Pirate Frank is a girl. And no one is going to steal her treasure!

Voices from the Underground Railroad book
#14
Voices from the Underground Railroad
Written by Kay Winters and illustrated by Larry Day
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Siblings Mattie and Jeb escape slavery via the Underground Railroad, meeting helpful conductors and dodging slave catchers as they travel from Maryland to Massachusetts

Gulliver's Travels book
#15
Gulliver's Travels
Written by Jonathan Swift and illustrated by Francesca Rossi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

A magnificently illustrated new edition of Jonathan Swift's classic novel--created just for children. Since its appearance in 1726, Gulliver's Travels has never ceased to fascinate readers. Designed for the early school years, this enchanting illustrated version takes the form of a travel journal, and features stunning large color illustrations and drawings. Kids will enjoy following Gulliver's adventures as he visits the land of Lilliput, inhabited by tiny people; Brobdingnag, where he encounters a race of giants; and other imaginary worlds.

The Little Pig, the Bicycle, and the Moon book
#16
The Little Pig, the Bicycle, and the Moon
Written by Pierrette Dube and illustrated by Orbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rosie the little pig is determined to learn how to ride a bike and see the world—no matter how many times she has to pick herself up and start over—in this whimsical story about following your dreams and never giving up. Rosie is a little pig who has everything she needs right on the farm: a mud bath to play in, plenty of food to eat, and a deliciously smelly pigpen. But then she sees a small, ugly animal with two feet and no tail riding a bicycle and she thinks “That’s easy. I could ride a bike too.” It is only when she sneaks out at night to try to ride the bike herself that Rosie realizes it’s not as easy as it looks. First you have to learn to pedal…but you also need to know how to balance, and braking is very important, too. Every night, watched over by her friend the moon, she tries again and again, and after each failure, she learns something new: to give a push, to wear a helmet, to ask a friend for help. And so every night she tries again, because she knows that if she could just learn how to ride a bike, why, she could travel to the other side of the world…or maybe even farther.

Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium book
#17
Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium
Written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book brought to you by legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter presents, A Day at the Stadium! This story revolves around a magical field trip to Yankee Stadium. An enchanting combination ofNight at the Museum and Alice in Wonderland—with a little bit of Field of Dreams thrown in for good measure—this picture book captures the excitement, wonder, and magic of your first trip to the ballpark!

Danny, the Champion of the World book
#18
Danny, the Champion of the World
Written by Roald Dahl
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Danny has a life any boy would love—his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest master car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. But one night Danny discovers a shocking secret that his father has kept hidden for years. Soon Danny finds himself the mastermind behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against nasty Victor Hazell, a wealthy landowner with a bad attitude. Can they pull it off? If so, Danny will truly be the champion of the world.

Dragons Love Tacos 2 book
#19
Dragons Love Tacos 2
Written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When dragons run out of tacos, they travel back in time to get a fresh supply

Star Stuff book
#20
Star Stuff
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record"--Provided by publisher.

The Train to Impossible Places book
#21
The Train to Impossible Places
Written by P G Bell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.Suzy Smith believes in science. Then the Impossible Postal Express comes roaring through her living room and her world turns upside down. After sneaking on board, Suzy suddenly finds herself Deputy Post Master aboard the train,and faced with her first delivery—to the evil Lady Crepuscula. Then, the package itself begs Suzy not to deliver him. A talking snow globe, Frederick has information Crepuscula could use to take over the entire Union of Impossible Places.But when protecting Frederick means putting her friends in danger, Suzy has to make a difficult choice—with the fate of the entire Union at stake

Bob book
#22
Bob
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.

You're On Your Way! book
#23
You're On Your Way!
Written and illustrated by Brian D. Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

You're on your way... but to where?! You may not have all of life's answers yet, but you'll have fun figuring them out with this unique book from Mad Libs. Our first-ever illustrated hardcover Mad Libs is an instant classic! It's the perfect gift for recent grads—it doesn't matter if it's elementary school, high school, med school, or NOUN school! Anyone celebrating a milestone will love filling in the blanks of this one-of-a-kind book that honors life's ADJECTIVE achievements. Buy it as a gift or buy it for yourself and have fun filling in the blanks of your own story.

But Not the Armadillo book
#24
But Not the Armadillo
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

For more than thirty-five years, readers have wondered what happens to the mystery armadillo on the last page of Sandra Boynton’s classic board book, But Not the Hippopotamus. Now, at last, comes the long-awaited sequel. Behold the armadillo, a cute and curious creature who follows his nose wherever it goes. Join him as he quietly travels the less-traveled road: he picks cranberries, stops and smells the flowers, takes a nap in the meadow, searches out the source of a beautiful melody, and at day’s end passes an overeager hippo sprinting the other direction. Told with Boynton’s signature charm and unpredictability, But Not the Armadillo is a gentle and worthy companion book to But Not the Hippopotamus—perfect for curious little kids and grown-ups alike. And for everyone who has ever been concerned about the armadillo: Don’t worry. He’s completely fine just the way he is.

The Noisy Clock Shop book
#25
The Noisy Clock Shop
Written by Jean Horton Berg and illustrated by Art Seiden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our series, Grosset & Dunlap Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations. Mr. Winky is fond of his noisy clock shop—until Mr. Glum comments on the awful noise, that is. Newly bothered by the constant tick tocks, Mr. Winky decides to leave. But no matter where he goes (the train, the countryside, and the woods), he can’t find any peace. There’s noise everywhere! Before long, Mr. Winky can’t wait to get back to the comfort of his noisy clock shop.

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