Best Kids Books About Vacation

31 Kids Books About Vacation

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
At the Boardwalk book
#1
At the Boardwalk
Written and illustrated by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

From sunrise to sunset, the attractions of a beach boardwalk include popcorn, taffy, arcade games, and a dazzling amusement park.

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa book
#2
Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It's an exciting day for Llama Llama; he's going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from homea.and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs. And there are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It's not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he's forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams.

Little Elliot, Fall Friends book
#3
Little Elliot, Fall Friends
Written and illustrated by Mike Curato
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's autumn in the Big City! Little Elliot and Mouse love the hustle and bustle of the city streets. But sometimes it feels like there are too many people, too many noises—just too much! The best friends decide to get out of town for a vacation in the countryside. There, they'll discover the sights and smells of autumn in the country. Everything is more fun when shared with a friend!

Home and Dry book
#4
Home and Dry
Written and illustrated by Sarah Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s always raining on the island where the Paddlings live. But for a quirky family that loves everything and anything to do with water, that’s perfect! Once a year, though, the summer comes, the rain stops, and the Paddlings have to look for water elsewhere. Which means that they won’t be in for a surprise visitor! What happens next is an exciting story of danger and rescue.

Tilly's Staycation book
#5
Tilly's Staycation
Written and illustrated by Gillian Hibbs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As all of her friends embark on exciting vacations, Tilly finds it hard to believe that she and her mother will have fun staying home.

The Night Before Summer Vacation book
#6
The Night Before Summer Vacation
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Julie Durrell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there’s bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist” on Clement Moore’s classic.

Madeline in London book
#7
Madeline in London
Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.” Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers even after 75 years! Pepito has moved to England. To help celebrate his birthday, Miss Clavel and the girls pay him a visit. When his mother won’t let Pepito keep one of his birthday presents–a horse–Madeline is more than willing to help out.

The Animals’ Vacation book
#8
The Animals’ Vacation
Written by Shel Haber and illustrated by Jan Haber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G+D 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 with classic illustrations. It’s time for the zoo animals to go on vacation! Their plane makes several stops: a forest for the deer, the North Pole for the polar bear, the mountains for the panda, the jungle for the monkey, and more. But after two months away, the animals are happy to be reunited at the zoo–just in time to welcome Mrs. Kangaroo’s baby!

A Stone for Sascha book
#9
A Stone for Sascha
Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Journey. This year's summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl's grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth. In his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, Aaron Becker achieves a tremendous feat, connecting the private, personal loss of one child to a cycle spanning millennia -- and delivering a stunningly layered tale that demands to be pored over again and again.

Froggy Goes to Grandma's book
#10
Froggy Goes to Grandma's
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy has a ball visiting Grandma! When Froggy and his family go to visit Grandma, they look forward to all kinds of fun: a baseball game, a trip to the amusement park, a visit to the museum to see the Frogga Lisa. But best of all is cooking with Grandma and learning to make her specialty, spaghetti with fly sauce. Froggy’s antics everywhere he goes will delight his many fans.

Mr. Men: Road Trip! book
#11
Mr. Men: Road Trip!
Written by Adam Hargreaves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Hit the road with the Mr. Men Little Miss crew and get ready to laugh your way across the USA! The Mr. Men Little Miss crew is traveling across America on a road trip that has something for everyone, from Niagara Falls to the Grand Canyon to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With visits to the biggest and most famous sights–like the Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch, and the Golden Gate Bridge–this team is sure to have an adventure anywhere they go!

Goldfish on Vacation book
#12
Goldfish on Vacation
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Leo Espinosa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From a New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond. H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—for company. It’s looking like it might be a pretty boring vacation, but one day, something exciting happens. Someone starts fixing up the old fountain down the street—the one Grandpa says horses used to drink from before everyone had cars—and a sign appears: “Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home.” H, Little O, and Baby Em can’t wait to send their goldfish on vacation, and the fish, well, they seem pretty excited too. Based on the true story of Hamilton Fountain in New York City, this charming tale of one special summer will delight readers young and old. Author’s Note included.

Bitty Bot's Big Beach Getaway book
#13
Bitty Bot's Big Beach Getaway
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Tad Carpenter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The world’s cutest robot goes on a rhyming, deep-sea adventure with two new friends in this sweet and silly companion to Bitty Bot.

A Lullaby of Summer Things book
#14
A Lullaby of Summer Things
Written by Natalie Ziarnik and illustrated by Madeline Valentine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This simple, lyrical picture book is as warm, reassuring, and filled with joy as a vacation at the beach. Readers will join a little girl and her siblings as they wind down from a perfect day—hanging up towels, eating dinner, and getting ready for bed—each activity sparking a memory of their day—playing catch with the dog, chasing waves, and looking at sailboats along the shore. And when the lights of the family beach house go off—“In the dusky evening light, a sleepy house says goodnight”--young listeners will be lulled to sleep themselves.

Davy's Summer Vacation book
#15
Davy's Summer Vacation
Written by Brigitte Weninger and illustrated by Eve Tharlet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Davy hears about his friend Wendy Wildgoose’s wonderful vacation at the beach, he wants to go too. But he and his family can’t fly like geese and their wagon is too weak to carry their luggage, so the beach is out. But Davy takes the family on a wonderful trip that is just as fun!

Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium book
#16
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!

Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things) book
#17
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!).

Kiki & Coco in Paris book
#18
Kiki & Coco in Paris
Written by Stephanie Rausser and illustrated by Jess Brown, Nina Gruener
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Coco, a doll, describes the fun experiences she has with her human owner, Kiki, while visiting Paris, including a scary moment when Coco gets hurt after Kiki accidentally leaves her in a chair at a restaurant.

Kiki and Coco's Guide to Paris book
#19
Kiki and Coco's Guide to Paris
Written by Nina Gruener and illustrated by Jess Brown, Stephanie Rausser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Quelle chance! You’re off to Paris, the City of Light! Bring your own doll and follow along in Kiki and Coco’s footsteps, as you learn to speak un peu le Franais, dress and eat like a Parisian, and record your experiences in this petite, paperback keepsake, complete with fun facts, activities, and a pocket in the back, sure to become your most treasured souvenir.

The Miniature World of Marvin & James book
#20
The Miniature World of Marvin & James
Written by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble—even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?

The Beach Trip book
#21
The Beach Trip
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The Martinez family is headed for a weekend at the beach, along with their friends, but Sofia has packed so many games that she does not have room for clothes.

Seaside Escape book
#22
Seaside Escape
Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Stephen Park Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Seb is sad. Betty, a horse from the neighboring farm moved away. Princess and Snowy try to cheer him, but nothing works. Snowy decides Seb needs an adventure. The three plan to escape to the seaside. There, Seb can swim in the ocean (a dream of his), Princess (the horse who believes she's a cat) can catch fish, and Snowy can get some inspiration for his book. But can they outsmart the barn's new security system? And can they make it to the sea before Tony discovers they are gone? Download the Capstone 4D app to access a variety of bonus content.

Time for a Trip book
#23
Time for a Trip
Written by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What time is it? It's TIME FOR A TRIP! Little Bunny's all packed and ready to go--and imagining the many ways his family might travel. Will they board a bus or a choo-choo train? Sail on a ferry or blast off on a plane? In the end, everyone piles in the car and they visit the best place of all: Gramps and Granny's house! What fun.

Lady Liberty's Holiday book
#24
Lady Liberty's Holiday
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7

The Statue of Liberty is feeling a little blue, despite being green. As much as she loves welcoming people to America, standing still for over a hundred years has left her with a stiff neck, aching arms, and a cramp in her leg. This lady could use a vacation!

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee book
#25
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee
Written by Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by Mary Uhles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Volunteer state is GREAT! When Carly visits her cousin Teddy in Tennessee for Christmas, she discovers how amazing it is. She hikes the Great Smoky Mountains, dances to bluegrass music, tastes Nashville’s famous hot chicken, and meets more than one Elvis Presley. Every day, Teddy gives her a special Tennessee gift, from 12 rockers rocking and 11 eagles nesting to a mockingbird in a tulip poplar tree.

Have a suggestion for a book to add to this list? Send an email to [email protected] with your book and list suggestion.