We had a very special delivery, this suitcase looks like it was made for our travel themed hall and inevitably being travel lovers, the whole family was fighting over it. The contents however, soon distracted them, Lonely Planet Kids launched four new children’s travel books which all have a unique slant. All of them are really inspiring and would make excellent Christmas gifts for families who love to travel.
This half term we are really excited to be off to Edinburgh with Visit Scotland. Lonely Planet guides are essential wherever you go in the world, but sometimes in the rush to pack and prepare for a holiday it is easy to forget to get the kids inspired about travel, and where they are travelling to. I have been busy scouting out the coolest family friendly places in Edinburgh – let me know if you have any tips too – but I realised the kids weren’t even that sure where Edinburgh was, or even what it was…
Step in Lonely Planet Children’s Travel Books
My little dictators took an immediate shine to You Rule! And who can blame them?
Tired of following other people’s rules? Think you can do better? Now’s your chance. We’ll show you how to design a completely new nation from scratch. You’ll choose where it’s located, what it looks like, how many people live in it, what they do and how they travel. You’ll get to decide, organise, govern and judge. You can be king, queen, big chief, emperor, president or dictator. Because right here, right now, you rule!
We talked about the fact Edinburgh is the second largest city, in another country that borders England. I am now expecting to have to google lots more interesting questions about how Scotland is ruled and organised over our holiday!
Sometimes we get brilliant travel ideas from our kids, this one didn’t disappoint, The Travel Book is coffee table travel inspiration for kids.
This incredible book covers every country in the world, with amazing facts on sports, wildlife, how people live, their fabulous food and a wide range of quirky insights on every page. With a mix of stunning photography and beautiful illustrations, every country is brought to life before your eyes.
We looked up Scotland and found out the national animal is the Unicorn, discovered which countries haggis, bagpipes, kilts and tartan actually originated in (Clue – not Scotland) and the story of Greyfriars Bobby captured our dog loving hearts and gave us something else to look out for in Edinburgh.
Mr G snuck off with this book and it is still hidden in a secret location in his bedroom…
There is no going back, agent. Once you enter How to be an International Spy your training will begin as you join the secret world of spies. Your training will take you through the ranks from recruit to secret agent, giving you a host of skills to put into covert operation immediately. Join us now, we’ll take you deeper undercover as you prepare to be a real spy!
He is looking forward to testing his new skills in a new city, a spy mission in Edinburgh!
For younger readers aged 3 plus, Adventures Around the Globe is a lovely way to interact and come to terms with the world via sticker and colouring fun.
This special edition Atlas takes young readers on a non-stop tour of the continents, adding fun and humour along the way. Introducing each continent in turn with a beautifully illustrated map, then delving deeper into some of the most iconic sights, readers can even add stickers and colour to the stunning scenes. There’s also a fold-out surprise – a 3D model of the globe to make, cherish and track the globe-trotting adventure.
I think this would be a lovely gift for my 3yo nephew – although older children can definitely appreciate this two – my two loved sticker books and they are great on aeroplanes to keep them busy.
I have one copy of a book of your choice of the four above to win, just leave a comment below telling me which you would like to win and why and complete the rafflecopter to register your entry and access extra entries.
Plus, win the suitcase and all the books over on the travel site I co-edit, Space In Your Case.
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