My five year old loves adventure. Whether it’s a new place in the UK or a new country on the other side of the world, she’s hooked. The furthest she’s ever travelled is to Turkey when she was a baby, but she listens wide-eyed when I tell her stories of riding huge trains in India, elephants in Thailand and surfboards in Sri Lanka. Her aunt (my sister) is currently in Africa, so at the moment not a day passes without some kind of question about Africa (“Do they have giraffes there? Are they as tall as Daddy? Do they bang their head on the trees?” etc.).
The new series of Lonely Planet books for kids is right up her street, then. We reviewed Adventures Around the Globe, a world atlas aimed at children aged three years and above. Frog loved it so much she’s chosen it as her bedtime story for three nights’ running. That’s loyalty when you’re five.
The book is cleverly broken down into just the right amount of interaction and information, so Frog happily soaked up all the interesting facts about the world’s continents before diving in with some sticker and colouring action. The illustrations are beautiful, and although this is an activity book it’s not the kind you throw away once you’re done.
The book provided a great starting point for her to talk about her own ideas about travel – where she’d like to go to when she’s big (“Or when you take me, Mum” *guilt trip*) and what she’d like to do when she got to visit some of these countries herself. Africa is right up there at the top of her list at the moment, apparently.
The other books in the series are equally as impressive, although a little advanced for my five year old. You Rule gives children aged eight and above the opportunity to create their own nation from scratch, while The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book is a beautiful book that would make a very special birthday present for a slightly older child. The fourth new book to be released is called How To Be An International Spy and is a fun book for budding spies which covers all the basics and more. I might keep this one for myself, actually.
If you’re looking for a fun, educational, beautiful book that will last as a precious keepsake and win you some very cool parent points then look no further. One of these should be top of your kids’ Christmas gift list. In the meantime, visit the Lonely Planet Kids Facebook page for more inspirational travel fun.
And now – you can win one! Simply tell me which country you’d love to visit with your kids that you haven’t yet been to. Leave a comment on this post and don’t forget to complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
Terms and conditions:
Competition open to UK residents aged 18 and over only. The prize is one copy of one of the four Lonely Planet Kids Books featured in this post. The promotor is Lonely Planet and the prize will be dispatched by them. There will be one winner, chosen at random via the valid entries on the Rafflecopter widget on this post. The prize is non-transferrable, non-refundable and there is no cash alternative. The competition opens at midnight on 20th October 2015 and closes at midnight on 27th October 2015. The winner will be notified via email within 7 days of the competition closing. Failure to respond within 14 days will result in a new winner being picked. To enter, participants must leave a comment on this blog post and complete the Rafflecopter form embedded on this post. Entry confirms that participants have read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions of this giveaway.
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