If you love to travel and want to share this passion with your kids, check out this list of great travel books for babies and toddlers. These books are sure to inspire wanderlust and adventure!
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I love traveling, especially with my family, but it is not something that we can do all the time.
Thankfully, there are some excellent travel books available for babies and toddlers that remind us of places we have been and inspire future adventures.
Aside from actually visiting new places and having new experiences in real life, stories and great travel books just might be the next best way to teach our kids about the amazing world that we live in.
A lot of these books have beautiful covers and double as great decor pieces if you have a travel-themed nursery/bedroom. We use spice racks from Ikea painted white to display some of our favorite books in our baby’s National Park-themed nursery.
Many great travel books are geared toward older kids, but we are going to focus on board books and picture books geared toward kids under age 5.
Check out this list of the best travel books for babies and toddlers that will keep little explorers interested and engaged and will inspire a love of travel & adventure!
Travel Books for Babies & Toddlers
1. I Love You More Than the Mountains
I Love You More Than the Mountains is a picture book that will be a family favorite for years and years. Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story make it a great choice.
The story features multiple National Parks that are listed at the back of the book. It is fun for little ones to try to identify each park and its unique features as they get older!
This book comes in paperback or hardcover options.
2. All Aboard! National Parks
All Aboard National Parks is pretty simple and doesn’t have as much to it as some of the other books on this list, but it is still one of our favorites because we love anything about the National Parks!
All Aboard is a series of board books for young children that cover different cities, regions, and attractions. The other books in the series include the Great Lakes, the Pacific Northwest, New York City, Paris, London, & Washington D.C.
3. Babies Around the World
Babies Around the World is a cute and simple little board book that takes you around the world to different countries and teaches greetings in various languages.
A fun and quick read with vibrant illustrations.
4. The Airport Book
This book is a great way to teach little travelers about the busy airport and the process of checking bags, going through security, boarding, etc.
It has a lot of great travel vocabulary in it and has a cute storyline to go along with the educational aspect.
There are so many details in the illustrations of this book, that you will find something new each time you read it. The book comes in paperback or hardcover options.
5. Hiking Day
If you love hiking, Hiking Day is the perfect book for your family.
The book has nice illustrations and teaches little ones about hiking and having an appreciation for nature.
6. My Africa Vacation
This book is about a family who are going to visit Africa. The parents in the story are eager to show their children the incredible wonders and diversity of the continent.
The book takes you past many of Africa’s natural and historical wonders, and it ends with the children in the book getting to visit their grandfather in his village in Nigeria.
It is a very sweet and informative story.
7. Local Baby Books Series
The books feature babies who are acting as local tour guides in each city, taking readers to the most popular attractions and sights.
8. What Do You See? Around the World
This is a cute and fun rhyming board book that features LOADS of vocabulary words!
It is fun to read the story with your little traveler and help them identify the objects illustrated on each page.
This book exposes your baby to many unique words he or she would not have otherwise heard or learned yet!
9. The Adventures of John Muir
It felt like a must for us to have a book about the “father” of the U.S. National Parks!
This book was slightly disappointing because it doesn’t have a lot to it, but our kids love looking at the illustrations, and we kind of make up our own story/add to it as we read together.
10. Hello World Books
There are 10 different books to choose from in this Hello World series. We checked a few out from our local library, and it was fun to read about each different city.
The books also each have a different learning theme to them (opposites, shapes, colors, sounds, etc.)
The series includes 8 cities and 2 countries around the world – Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rome, Rio De Janeiro, Tokyo, Germany, and the USA.
11. My Mountain Baby
My Mountain Baby is a sweet little rhyming board book with bright illustrations.
I think this book would make a great baby shower gift for any travel-loving parents-to-be!
12. Let’s Listen to Animals Around the World
This animal book has great information and images, and the animal sounds add in a lot of fun!
Our toddlers are obsessed with all things animals and animal noises, so this book is a big winner for us.
Learn about different land and sea animals around the world!
13. Hello, National Parks!
Another cute little board book about the U.S. National Parks.
Hello, National Parks takes you across the U.S. to various National Parks and landmarks.
This is one of our personal favorites!
14. Goodnight Great Outdoors
Goodnight Great Outdoors is a calming bedtime story. The family in the story is saying goodnight to the animals and environment around them before they head to bed in their camping tent.
The story rhymes – some of the rhymes are a little awkward, but overall it is a cute book with a good message.
15. B is for Bison
B is for Bison is a cute and vibrant ABC children’s book that features popular animals, landmarks, and National Parks for each letter of the alphabet.
You will read about 26 interesting and unique features from 26 different National Parks across the U.S. as you make your way through this alphabet book.
16. Good Night Our World State/City Books
There are 197 books in this cute little board book series!
You can find a book for most of the states and major cities in the United States and other parts of North America.
I was pretty impressed by the things mentioned in the Good Night Iowa book (our home state) – you can tell the authors did their research and included a lot of detail!
17. Touch & Feel: Ocean Friends
We love this ocean animals book because it provides interesting facts (even for us adults!), it is interactive, and it has real photos of the animals.
This would be a great book to read if you are planning to visit the ocean or beach!
18. Little Traveler Board Book Set
My oldest son got this Little Traveler board book set for his birthday, and both of my kids love looking at the mini books.
Four different little books feature landmarks, vehicles, food, and animals from various countries around the world.
From the Eiffel Tower to tacos in Chihuahua and a double-decker bus in London, these books will take you all around the world.
19. Going on a Road Trip
This road trip prep book will get your toddler ready for your upcoming family trip! A good book to read if you want to get your toddler familiar with what a road trip entails.
That rounds out our list of baby and toddler travel books!
I hope you can enjoy reading many of these books together as a family, and that they help to inspire and teach your little traveler about different cultures, the beauty of nature, and the amazing world around us!