This will be the last entry in my impromptu “Travel Month” books for kids. Good Night Our World is a series of board books for very young kids and takes them through a day, and all the seasons, for a given location.
Of the ones I’ve seen, I think they do a fantastic job of picking locations to highlight that are evocative of the place, and I really like the inclusion of the times of day and seasons aspect. The illustration style is fun and bright. One downside is that the writing is really geared towards very young babies, so some of it’s a little on the cutesy side. These are not books I would be able to happily read over and over out loud, but they’re fun reminders of trips you’ve taken or want to take. I seem to pull them out when I’ve got the travel itch. I’ve even given a couple of my hometown one (Good Night Denver) as gifts to family and friends with babies located out of state, generally to try to entice people to come visit.
Here’s a link to their website, which lists all the books they have out, and you can also find more information on the series there.
I think travel is so important for everyone, but especially children. Even if you can only afford to pack up the kids and head to your local downtown, do that. Many museums and zoos and other cultural things offer free days, and you can always find somewhere to eat a picnic lunch.
What’s your favorite trip you’ve taken with your children? Or where do you hope to take them one day?