Books On The Go
Create a fun family journey with these top reading picks for every age
Before you load up the family for your next adventure, be sure to pack some reading material worthy enough to last any distance. To separate the good from the ‘It’s bo-oring!’, we asked children's book editor Susan Rich, an Editor-at-Large at Little Brown Books, and the team of experts at bookseller Indigo, for some of their travel favorites to keep you and your little ones happy on the road.
Board books (ages 1 to 3)
- Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Kids follow the yellow dot as it leads them on a journey, using their fingers and imagination to help guide them.
- Peepo! by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
A classic, interactive children’s book (toddlers can poke their fingers through the series of holes that lead them through the pages).
- ABCs of the Web by John C. Vanden-Heuvel, Sr., Andrey Ostrovsky, MD
Calling all future web designers! This book teaches basic coding and web concepts (for real!) to mini-me’s in the form of an alphabet.
- My First Busy Book by Eric Carle
From the beloved author-illustrator comes an interactive book (lift-the-flap, touch-and-feel, magic mirrors) to keep them entertained from door-to-door.
Picture books (ages 4 to 6)
- Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
Kids follow a bike as it takes them on a graphically beautiful, adventure.
- Black? White! Day? Night! by Laura Vacarro Seeger
A book of opposites that conceal — using a number of gatefolds — a surprising game within each page.
- Are We There Yet? by Dan Stantat
Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal (annual award for the most distinguished American picture book for children), Stantat helps answer this seemingly, annoying question with a beautifully illustrated book that will take your kiddie to Ancient Egypt and beyond.
- Berenstain Bears Take-Along Storybook Set by Jan and Mike Berenstain
A travel-worthy set of five books that cover the family’s adventures from under the sea to the tooth fairy.
Young Readers (ages 6 to 9)
- Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L.Holm
A delightful series that follows an amoeba through grade school, and navigating issues like school bullying and detention.
- Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
A loveable house cat believes he has a mission to blast off into space and battle aliens. This first book of a 5-part series details him prepping for his mission.
- Bunny vs. Monkey by Jamie Smart
A hilarious story about a mean monkey that’s sent into space but instead, crash lands in a friendly forest.
- Comics Squad #2: Lunch! by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm and Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Both Ruth and the experts at Indigo love this series that features stories by classic Sunday comic characters like Snoopy, with current graphic-com characters Babymouse and the Lunch Lady.
- Make Faces: Doodle and Sticker Book by Tupera Tupera
Young ones create faces from templates and bound-in sticker sheets that’ll keep them busy.
- Pete the Cat Giant Sticker Book by James Dean
This New-York Times best-selling author introduces an activity book that allows kids to decorate scenes with Pete and his various friends.
Apps for All Ages
- Chomp by Christoph Niemann
Using interactive animation with live video, your budding director can use up to 52 hand-drawn scenes to create their own mini movies ($2.99, iPhone and iPad)
- Sago Mini Road Trip
Your little ones are put in charge of choosing their mode of transport for Jinja the cat and performing simple tasks like fueling up and washing the car ($2.99, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Windows)
- You Are What You Eat Jr, by Alex Nabaum Studio
An alphabet of fruits and veggies morph into gorgeous, hand-drawn illustrations. It’s also creative, allowing your child to draw their own version of various foods. ($.99, iPad and iPhone)
- Drawing Pad
A sophisticated marker/paint/pencil set allows kids of all ages (even adults!) to let loose their inner Picasso. ($1.99, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle)
Using basic physic concepts (fall, jump, land, etc), kids choose a character (in the shape of a ball) to roll through a variety of environments and overcome obstacles. ($2.99, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android)
- Barefoot World Atlas
It’s exactly as it sounds, providing easy-to-understand info on animals, people, and other cool stuff from around the globe. ($4.99, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)