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Travel U Library: Lovely London

Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self. Let’s dig in to books about London!

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Mary Poppins

Full disclosure: I am not promoting an unnamed recently released movie. I am, however, promoting a fantastic piece of literature that will certainly promote your lexicon! P.L. Travers’ epitome of literary perfection is Mary Poppins. I know, I know, you saw the movie and it was delightful but, folks, the movie is just the tip of the iceberg! Trust me when I say that the movie is only half of Mary’s charm.

Travers books are in-depth, thoughtful, smartly written with a timelessness that needs enjoyment as well as effort. Travers dives deep into Edwardian England and gives one a sense of historical understanding. This book is the perfect read aloud for young imaginations or an addictive bedtime read for the older set. So, go beyond the Jolly Holiday and put away the sugar because a spoonful of the one and only Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! For more on a perfect Mary Poppins Tour of London, click here.

London City Trails

Straight from the publishers of some of the best travel guides for children comes London City Trails. This book, great for your older explorers, has over 15 walking tours themed for every interest a kid could dream up! From crown jewels to fancy parks, this book covers England’s capital covered. The pages are designed to explore all aspects of culture and get your kids excited about visiting this amazing place.

101 Dalmatians

Did you think that this story was a creation of Disney? Me Too! But, it turns out, that this British classic is so much more than the enchanting movie. Join original author Dodie Smith as she develops the rescue of all those spots from the dastardly Cruella DeVil. Included in this 2-books-in-one volume, is a second book about Pongo and Perdita as they explore the city. With chapters about the National Gallery and Trafalger Square, this classic is perfect!

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone

What more do I need to say? Harry’s story is a sensation for a reason but, ask any Potterhead and they will tell you “don’t rely on the movie!” The book really is that much better. In the first of the series, Harry must head into London to get his school supplies and catch the train. J.K Rowling’s writing brings the city alive in the imagination of all who read it! There are many tours available that are themed for the devotees of the wizarding world. Just remember, read the book first!!

Katie In London

Katie and little Jack befriend one of the lions in Trafalger Square. It turns out the the lion is an EXCELLENT tour guide! He brings the children on an adventure across the big city and makes it more accessible to their young minds. This pick is perfect for those little ones who may need a bit of support in new spaces and for those adventurers who are ready to take on the next challenge in equal measure.

Will’s Quill

Shakespeare needs some help! and he finds it in an unlikely source. Introduce your kiddos to the bard through this clever English Classic that is designed to fill in a little information about his life in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Henry, The Queen’s Corgi

What happens when a clever corgi becomes the center of a royal mix-up? Check in with Henry who is always conjuring up another plan winds up with a VIP pass to the plushest palace in town. But how will he get back to his true family?

Winnie The Pooh

Half way to the coast as you go southbound from London is Ashford Forest. This is home to the famous 100 Acre Wood of Winnie-The-Pooh fame. Don’t be fooled, long before Pooh bear and his friends were in nurseries, the classic by A.A. Milne is meant for much older kids who can grasp the imagination of Christopher Robin. As with most quality children’s literature, it’s perfect reading for every age!

The Queen’s Hat

The wind has taken hold of the Queen’s very favorite hat! All of the Beef Eaters come to her aid and chase the royal hat all over town. Perfect to start introducing royalty and London’s icons

This Is London

If there were one book that started the travel literature craze for kids. this is it. From the “This Is” series, take a look at every London icon out there and explore this very big city before you touch down.

War Horse

This WWI epic is about a young man and the horse that sees him through the war. This book is so moving that it was turned into a West End hit and a blockbuster movie. If you are trying to connect your tweens and teens with history, look no further.

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Travel U Library: Tall Tales From Ireland and Scotland

Thanks for joining us today for 10 Books in Ten Minutes on Facebook Live. I truly love these particular books and hope you will too! Each of them contributes to make us all better global citizens. Here are the Amazon links to all of today’s picks! Note that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

The Selkie Girl

What is so special about the sea? Perhaps it’s the magical creatures that live there. Scotland loves their magical creatures and Selkies are no different! So what happens when Fergus, a poor fisherman’s son, and a Selkie meet? Read on and be inspired by the magic of it all!

Harry The Highlander

Harry is a very shaggy, very curious little cow. When he finds a gap in the stone wall, Harry wanders off to meet some new friends. Perfect for the younger crowd, this sweet story will ensure that everyone knows how friendly these gentle giants truly are.

Nessie: The Most Famous Tale of Monster Mayhem Ever

Looking into Scotland would not be complete without the famous Loch Ness Monster! Nicknamed Nessie, this Loch legend has been the talk of the highlands for a long time. Reading up on all of the chaos surrounding poor Nessie is a great way to introduce the concepts of myths and legends.

Katie in Scotland

James Mayhew’s Katie series of books are enchanting. In this book, Katie takes the reader on a tour of Scotland with a very special guest. Katie checks in on the Jacobite train and sees plenty of the sites in Edinburgh. What a great read for just before take off!

Greyfriar’s Bobby

Question: What’s better than a loyal pup? Answer: Not much. In this story of loyalty, wee Bobby shows why he deserves all of the attention he gets to this day. This true story is told in true Scottish tale style, adding a bit here and there, but the story of how this loyal dog loved his master is spot on.

S is for Shamrock

I am a true fan of the alphabet series of books that take kids on journeys all over the world. S is for Shamrock is no exception. Get the lay of the land and a grasp on the culture by walking through 26 pages of pure Ireland. From Riverdance to vikings and everything in between, it’s a can’t miss!

Lazy Cat, Crazy Cat

To get a hold of what’s happening around St. Stephen’s Green at night, simply check in with this lazy by day, crazy by night feline. George and his friends curiously poke around in this silly book set in Dublin’s most favorite square.

Fin McCoul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

What is better that some fanciful Irish storytelling? Absolutely nothing! Get ready to find out the REAL reason Giant’s Causeway exists in this enchanting tale. Hint: it’s not because of scientific reasons! Finn and his love Oona take on a clever plan to out smart Finn’s rival. This book is pure fun!

Fiona’s Luck

Ireland’s been through its share of bad times. So how can one girl find a little luck to make her homeland just a little better? Fiona and the wee folk have just the tale to tell you how.

Brigid’s Cloak

In true Irish style, storytellers weave works to explain the unexplainable. In this case, the amazing story of St. Brigid comes to life and explains all of those wondrous moments of Brigid’s life and why she and her cloak will never be forgotten.

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