By Christa Protano
I think everyone can agree: We could all use a getaway right about now. 2020 was a doozy, the first couple months of 2021 haven't been much better, and many of us are dreaming of the day we can hop on a plane or in a car and make way to a far-off land. While hope is on the horizon, here are five books to tide you over until your next family vacation.
Visit Music City
This board book hits really close to home since a trip to Nashville was a part of my 2020 plans. While I wait my turn to walk the hallowed halls of the Grand Ole Opry, I’ll be introducing my music-loving children to all things twang with The Story of Country. Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson and (of course!) Dolly Parton — the heartland gang is all here.
Color Your World
Take a taxi around New York City, behold the pyramids of Egypt, and even climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower as one adorable pup takes you on a whirlwind tour in Around the World with Baxter. More than just a coloring book, this title includes fun landmark facts, eight post cards, seven fold-out scenes and interactive activities such as subway scramble and decoding hieroglyphics.
Take an Arctic Expedition
The latest installment of Discovery’s All Star Readers takes you into the very cold — but very cute! — world of penguins. I Am a Penguin Level 1 follows a day in the life of these waddling birds as your kindergartener or first-grader practices his reading skills with familiar vocabulary and stunning photography.
Get Back to Nature
If your family’s new favorite pastime is to take it outside thanks to all that hiking and biking you did this year, it’s time to consider a vacation in the great outdoors. But first, check out Expandable Explorations: Wild World. Choose from the Amazon Rainforest, African Savanna, Northern Forest and more, then delve into each animal habitat via giant slide-out panoramic scenes and lively illustrations.
Grab your Snorkel Gear
Whether you were mesmerized by My Octopus Teacher or your kids can’t get enough of Octonauts, a trip to the deep blue seas is sure to satisfy everyone’s wanderlust. Thanks to Amazing Earth: Oceans you don’t need to go very far to get a three-dimensional look at sea otters, leatherback turtles, whale sharks and more. In addition to interesting facts and colorful photos, this book includes five keepsake sea creature models to build and enjoy.