Taking trips with kids in tow is not cheap neither is it convenient but I say it is necessary to create those lifelong memories and to deepen your bond with your kids. 10 Places Every Kid Should See is a place to start. Nine of the ten sites are landmarks within theUnited States,Europe being the tenth.
Beyond North America and Europe, there are five other continents to see;Australia, South America, Africa, Asia andAntarctica. All the continents start with the letter “A”, was that by design? I wonder.
I think I just heard “how on earth am I able to afford that?” May I let you on a little secret? You don’t have to take your kids to these places if you can’t afford it. You can take them there through their imagination with tools like movies, children’s books and even a globe. That’s what I find wonderful about books. Kids can travel to faraway places using their imagination!
Here is a selection of children’s books for each continent outside of North America and Europe, no passports needed for these trips, just a healthy dose of imagination.
African Tales is a collectable hardbound book with eight different stories from different countries inAfrica. A safari in your own living room is what I call this book.
The Polar Bear’s Home is a book about global warming that spotlights one of Antarctica’s most famous residents; the polar bear. Maybe it’s me but I am content with exploringAntarctica through the pages of a book.
Little Leap Forward – A Boy in Beijing is the coming of age story of a Chinese boy battling with staying loyal to his customs as the new world draws him. Certainly a story any preteen growing up in this rapidly changing world can relate to.
Over in Australia is a picture book of the exotic animals seen only inAustralia, such as kangaroo and Koalas. I call it San Diego Zoo in a picture book!
Up and Down the Andes – A Peruvian Festival Tale is a colorful picture book about the Andes trail that runs across the country of Peru in South America.