Picture Books to Inspire a Love of Travel In Kids

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A couple of months ago the Story Mama household spent a relaxing week in sunny QLD, swimming and exploring some of the Gold Coast “worlds”. Unfortunately, Master 5 appears to have holiday amnesia because he keeps asking me “when are we going on holidays?” and follows up with a list of exotic locations he is keen to visit that he has picked up from his friends, movies and books. Let’s just say we would be very busy globe-trotting (and very broke!) if we let him loose on planning family holidays. He is currently swinging wildly between Scotland, Africa and Singapore.

So, in honour of Master 5, this week blog is a booklist of our favourite stories to inspire travel. They feature either exotic locations or amazing journeys. 


The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

In this award winning picture book, one tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail and a group of primary school children who work together and save the day. Told in fantastic rhyme with lots of adventure this is a great read aloud.

Vanilla Icecream

Vanilla Icecream by Bob Graham

A sparrow travels from India across the seas to the big city and for a brief moment changes Edie Irvine’s life by introducing him accidentally to Vanilla icecream. This is a perfect story for children who love icecream and enjoy day’s out with Grandma and Grandpa. There is lots of detail to explore in the illustrations and we love how it explores different worlds and cultures varying from rural India to a big
Western City. A warm and inviting read for ages 2+

Going on a Plane

Going on a Plane (Usborne First Experiences)

This picture book is a great resource for children who have yet to go on an aeroplane. It covers everything from packing to arriving at the airport, going through security, take-off, seatbelts and being served a meal. It also covers landing, going through customs or passport control. This is a great way for little ones to know what to expect. We recommend it for ages 2+

This series was developed to introduce young children to situations they may find themselves in for the first time.


This award winning picture book is the very first book in the Madeline series.  Something is not right, she wakes up with a terrible pain one night and a trip to the hospital to have her appendix removed follows.  Her friends are sad and miss her, but then they see her fabulous scar and presents! With so many gorgeous illustrations of well know Paris landmarks this is a classic book that was originally published in 1939.

Mr Chicken Lands on London

Mr Chicken Goes to London by Leigh Hobbs


Mr Chicken is off on another adventure and this time it is to visit the sights of London. Including Big Ben, The Savoy, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and Picadilly Circus. This story is a great introduction to the sights of London. Books set in foreign lands can only help develop a sense of adventure and desire to see the world in kids. We recommend it for ages 4-8

Herman and Rosie

Herman and Rosie

In a city of hotdogs and music that can sometimes be lonely, Herman and Rosie discover a friendship built on things they have in common. Set in bustling New York full of skyscrapers and jazz clubs, this gorgeous picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams. This is a very cool book we recommend for ages 5-8. It may inspire them to want to go and live in New York City.


Ok, this blog post is giving me itchy travel feet.  Best be off before I find myself internet surfing some travel sites. Do you have a favourite book that inspired travel? Tell us about it in the comments below. 



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