We were so excited to receive these Lonely Planet Kids books! I’ve known the Lonely Planet brand for years now. When I was young, I was fortunate enough to do my fair share of travel. This was in the era before smart phones and travel websites. It was a time when you brought along a travel book. And yup, the Lonely Planet travel books were my go to travel resource. Fast forward to today… I am now a mum who is hoping to instill that love of exploring, learning and travel through kids travel books. So imagine how excited I was to know that Lonely Planet had released a series of books specifically for kids!
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As I showed the books to my 3 children, each of them grabbed one and leafed through its pages. What we found were tons of interesting information, colourful graphics and lots of fun facts about history, culture and the world.
“Lonely Planet Kids aims to kick-start the travel bug and open kids’ eyes and mind to the world around them. Our focus is on showcasing the quirky facts, amusing tales and inspiring stories that bring our planet to life.”
Amazing World Atlas by Lonely Planet Kids
The Lonely Planet Kids Amazing World Atlas caters to a wide age range of kids. It was amusing to see how each of my 3 kids (ages 9, 5 and 3) wanted to know different types of information from that one book.
My 9-year old was initially fascinated with the first part of the book, which contained information about the solar system and the earth. Quoting from the book, she exclaimed: “Wow, I didn’t know that planets are made of floating molecules that bumped into each other and stuck together!” She continued to read the Amazing World Atlas on her own long after the little ones finished reading it. She loved how it presented so much information. She was fascinated by simple facts like cities with the biggest population to how long the Great Wall of China is. She read about the Aurora Borealis and even became curious about a particular bird in Mexico, called the Quetzal bird. I just loved seeing her absorb all this information about the world we live in.
My 5-year old, on the other hand, was fascinated with the World Map. We looked for where we live on the map (Australia). We looked for where his grandparents live (the Philippines). We also looked for where some of his cousins live (Canada). In contrast to the older two, my 3-year old was mostly interested in the different animals found on both the Amazing World Atlas and the Adventures in Famous Places activity book. Both the younger kids stayed engaged with the books because of its colourful graphics, simple text and beautiful layout. They were also amused with the quirky facts spread throughout the book like how ‘Canadians eat more macaroni and cheese than any other people in the world!’
The Amazing World Atlas is a great book to have at home. It is for ALL families – whether you like traveling or not. For families who love to travel, this book can provide a good introduction about your destination. But it is equally beneficial for those who prefer to learn about the world in the comfort of their own homes. It is a wonderful reference book for kids of all ages. Kids can refer back to the book from time to time, and read up on a particular region that interests them. And because the information is presented in such a fun way, kids easily absorb it. I think that the knowledge they gain through the World Atlas helps broaden their minds to the diversity, intricacies and beauty of the world out there.
“Through Lonely Planet Kids, we hope to share our love of travel, our sense of humour and our continual fascination with what makes the world the diverse and magnificent place it is.”
Adventures in Famous Places Activity Book
The Adventures in Famous Places Activity and Sticker Book is a wonderful supplement to the Amazing World Atlas. It concentrates on a few famous places and dives into more detail about the countries that they are in. It is highly interactive, encouraging kids to write, draw, decorate and colour in some pages, which my 3 & 5-year old kids loved. But their favorite activity was finding and putting stickers related to a famous place on every other page. They also loved the surprise push out craft at the back of the book flap.
Just like the Amazing World Atlas, I’d recommend this activity book for any family who’d like to educate their kids about the world. It’s a unique activity book that presents fun activities without kids realizing that they are actually learning bits of information about different countries. I think it’s also a great bonding activity that mum or dad can do with their little ones.
Travel with Children by Lonely Planet
If your family loves to travel, then you will probably like the Travel with Children book by Lonely Planet. This book is a good first point of reference if you are planning an international holiday and don’t know where to go yet. Scan this book with your families’ interests in mind to help narrow down your holiday options.
The Travel with Children book starts of with tips on the ‘Art of Travelling with Children.’ Then it gives travel related information per country, like activities to do, best times to go, costs, meals and getting around.
Compared to other travel books out there, this one highlights ‘What Children Will Love…’, so it truly is targeted for those who want to do a family holiday where mum, dad and kids will all have fun. One of my favorite parts is the book recommendation for the young traveler. I find that it is always a good idea to prepare kids for an upcoming trip. And what better way to get them prepared than to let them read an age appropriate book that touches on the culture of the destination.
Lonely Planet Kids
Lonely Planet Kids created other books, such as ‘Adventures in Cold Places’ and ‘Adventures in Smelly Places.’ Check the Lonely Planet Kids website for more details: www.lonelyplanetkids.com. Lonely Planet has also launched Lonely Planet Kids Twitter and Facebook pages to help grown-up wanderlusters everywhere inspire the little ones in their life about the world!
Kids Travel Books: Whether You Travel with Kids or Not
As a family who loves to travel with kids, learn new things and explore the world, we definitely enjoyed reading these Lonely Planet Kids travel books. But these books are also great to have at home whether you travel with kids or not. It let’s the kids have a glimpse of the huge and wondrous world around them. It gives them the opportunity to learn new facts, explore different cultures and let their minds and imaginations open up to all that the world has to offer. So ‘Come Explore!’ with Lonely Planet Kids!
How do you teach your kids about the world and different countries/cultures? We’d love to hear your ideas.