Inspiring Our Travels With Lonely Planet Kids + Book #Giveaway

My daughter said something really worrying to me recently.  She was talking about school and she said, ‘they have books at school with information in and I don’t like them’. Overall she hasn’t taken well to reading, and finds practising at home a bit of a chore.  We use all sorts of tactics and treats to get her to read at home regularly with varying degrees of success.

The school holidays were starting to worry me, as potentially there is going to be some setback in the progress we have made with her reading skills.  I was desperate to find some books that would help us keep up her reading skills and show her that books can give us many inspiring things to enjoy.

Lonely Planet Kids Book

Seeing as she loves to travel with us, the obvious place for me to look was Lonely Planet Kids.  They offer a fantastic range of children’s reading, learning and activity books focused around travel to fuel your little explorers passion.  I was delighted when Lonely Planet Kids agreed to send my daughter a selection of books from their range to help inspire her over the summer holidays.

We took our Lonely Planet Kids collection on our recent road trip to use to keep her busy if we were having a meal or just relaxing in our hotel room.  The Lonely Planet Kids books we were sent were:

  • Let’s Explore… City
  • First Words – French
  • Amelia’s Maze Adventure
  • The Round The World Quiz Book
  • Backyard Explorer

collection of Lonely Planet Kids Books

Let’s Explore… City

I think this was our favourite book, and we would definitely look to getting other titles from this series.  The book is based around Marco and Amelia who like to go on adventures.  In this book they visit lots of different cities including New York, Sydney and Tokyo.  Each page features a different city and some key facts about the destination.  There is also an activity for each destination which might be stickers, a puzzle or spot the difference.  The illustrations are bright and colourful and it’s a great book to help children think about different cultures and places across the world.

First Words – French

This book is a lovely introduction to the French language for your children.  The book contains 100 words and is really visual with lovely illustrations to help children with remembering the different words.  On each page there is the English word, the French word and also the pronunciation to help build the basic skills.  The following page has a lovely illustration to go with the word.  It’s a lovely book for children who are likely to be spending a lot of time in France and because there is so few words in it it definitely doesn’t feel like reading.

Amelia’s Maze Adventure

My daughter liked to use Amelia’s Maze Adventure book when we were travelling in the car.  The lovely mazes and illustrations really captured her imagination and the book is packed full of puzzles to keep kids busy anywhere.  Each maze is based around a different theme or destination for example snorkel scramble or Taj Maze-Hal!  The character and illustrations really help bring the book to life and it’s packed with oodles of travelling facts to learn along the way.

Backyard Explorer

Backyard Explorer

This hard back book is excellent for inspiring children to explore the area where they live.  You don’t need to travel far to have an adventure and this books helps children to develop the skills to notice and appreciate their surroundings, wherever they are.  Each page contains a different activity, and children get to fill the book with their observations and discover things like how streets get their name, record and observe the weather and the characteristics that make up the place where they live. This is a perfect choice for keeping kids busy when they are at home during the school holidays.

The Round The World Quiz Book

This is a super fun book that the whole family can get involved in to find out how much you really know about the world you live in.  There are three levels to the book, newbie, rookie and genius so that all levels of ability can get involved.  The questions are fun and inspiring and if answered correctly you gain points as you work your way through the book.  There are multiple choice questions as well as true or false statements to answer and also lots of puzzles that keep the book varied and interesting.  It’s a great book packed with lots of facts and information in a fun family friendly format.

Inspiring Our Travels With Lonely Planet Kids

Lonely Planet Kids Book Giveaway

We have really enjoyed getting to know the Lonely Planet Kids book range and my daughter has enjoyed all of these titles.  She has no idea that she has been working on her reading, writing and investigative skills along the way as they have been such fun.  We are definitely going to be using more of them in the future to help both our children foster a strong love of travel and appreciate the different destinations and cultures that exist around the world.

Lonely Planet Kids have very kindly agreed to giveaway a set of these inspiring kids travel books to one very lucky Zena’s Suitcase reader.  If your child enjoys travelling and is really curious about the world, then I would love for you to enter this giveaway for a chance to win.  All you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter below.  There are lots of chances to enter, and the more you complete the greater your chance of winning.  Good luck everyone! Competition ends 5/9/17.  Other T & C’s apply.
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  1. Angela Boucher
    August 8, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    My kids love traveling to sunny destinations so that they can enjoy the weather and play outdoors.

  2. Tracy Nixon
    August 8, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    My kids love to travel over to our family holiday home on the Isle of Arran! They enjoy the ferry crossing and the ho use is right beside the beach where they can paddle, go in the dingy, build sandcastles etc.

  3. Margaret gallagher
    August 8, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    What BETTER way to learn – by experiencing opens up new challenges

  4. Jen Schofield
    August 8, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    To Italy, especially Rome and to see the colosseum

  5. melanie stirling
    August 8, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    They love Malta because there are so many interesting places to see and there are no language barriers.

  6. iain maciver
    August 8, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    as long as there is a bit of sun could be anywhere

  7. maggie ali
    August 8, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    My children love Cornwall, their favourite is Carbis Bay, lots of sand 🙂 that’s what they love

  8. Emma Whitworth
    August 8, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    We haven’t been away yet but I’m definitely going to get travelling next year

  9. Susie Wilkinson
    August 8, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    They love to travel to London, I’m always getting asked when we’re going back to The Natural History and Science Museums!

  10. simon gooding
    August 8, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    my little one loves anywhere as long as there are interesting animals…ducks, horses, sheep…you name it 🙂

  11. Sadiyya Maryam
    August 8, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    My daughter loves to travel. And a the age of 6 has been very blessed to have visited 9 countries already. Her dads greatest passion has always been to travel and explore the world, our daughter has the same travel bug as him.

  12. Solange
    August 8, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    My kids love going to Orlando, Florida because they love going to Disney World.

  13. stuart hargreaves
    August 9, 2017 / 6:25 am

    The Yorkshire dales , the air is so pure its beautiful

  14. bex allum
    August 9, 2017 / 6:48 am

    My girls loved our recent trip to Costa del sol – exploring up high on the cable cars & we visited Gibrlatar

  15. Zoe C
    August 9, 2017 / 8:08 am

    My children now love Spain from going on holiday there last year, they really want to go again

  16. Claire glace
    August 9, 2017 / 8:13 am

    My lads, although have seen many european cultures, just love going to Devon and exploring Dartmoor and all the wonderful adventures we have had with our dog x

  17. Jen A
    August 9, 2017 / 8:40 am

    We haven’t been abroad with them yet, but they absolutely love The Lake District and Wales. It feels very wild even when you don’t go far off the main roads, they love feeling like they’re high up too!

  18. sarah rees
    August 9, 2017 / 9:48 am

    my kids would love to travel more, better start saving up for some new adventures

  19. carolyn heyworth
    August 9, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Think my grandson would like to travel anywhere fun like Blackpool, Sandcastle beach and lots of rides

  20. Karen Barrett
    August 9, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Mooloolaba, Queensland, not only is it beautiful it’s where our family live.

  21. amy bondoc
    August 9, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    my daughter loved it when we wnt to paris last weekend, she loved visiting the louvre and found it very educational

  22. abigail edkins
    August 9, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    they hate the travelling part but loved spain as they gopt to play in the pool in 10pm most nights

  23. Fiona
    August 9, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    My daughter just adores the sea, wherever it is – here or abroad! Like her father really.

  24. Kate Toner
    August 9, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    My little one loves anywhere with a beach!

  25. Rachael G
    August 9, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    They love travelling anywhere – the novelty of getting on a plane or boat and exploring somewhere new!

  26. Susan B
    August 10, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Everywhere! We recently visited the Roman Baths in Bath and found it interesting but far too busy for them to see everything and enjoy the history. They enjoy European breaks and were once lucky enough to travel to New Zealand which they loved.

  27. sb
    August 10, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    she just loves going to new places,having new experiences

  28. Adrienne McGroder
    August 10, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    They love to go to the theme parks – Alton Towers, Legoland, Chessington, Blackpool etc.

  29. August 11, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Such an ace giveaway and perfect way to inspire reading and travel for kids

    Laura x

  30. Joanne Nelson
    August 11, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    we adored Denmark – Vikings, seabirds, beaches, Lego – my daughter loved every minute.

  31. Hannah Wallington
    August 12, 2017 / 11:23 am

    My kids would just love to travel anywhere

  32. Annabel Greaves
    August 12, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    My kids love to travel because they see it as a fun adventure for the holidays

  33. Keith Hunt
    August 12, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    The Sidmouth donkey sanctuary as its free to go and we all love to do the donkey helper day course.

  34. Sally Collingwood
    August 13, 2017 / 9:51 am

    They loved New York, so do I!

  35. kat lucas
    August 14, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    The kids love to travel to Scotland to visit their grandparents because they have so much more freedom to run around outdoors

  36. Katie Sharman
    August 14, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    My son loves stAying in caravans in Scarborough and playing in the sea in Dorset

  37. Leila Benhamida
    August 14, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    To Paris as we have family from both side.

  38. Emma Salter
    August 14, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    My daughter loves going anywhere new. She loves to discover new places.

  39. Sally Hill
    August 15, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    We do most of our travel within Ireland and the UK, but my daughter is totally obsessed with Japan and I would adore to take her there someday!

  40. Samantha O'D
    August 15, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    My girls love a trip to the coast, we hope to venture a little further when they are older

  41. Victoria N
    August 15, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    We travel a lot around the UK and Scotland but my daughter has loved travelling around Denmark and Sweden in the past year, getting a taste for new foods and sweet treats!

  42. caroline kelly
    August 17, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I took my daughter to Disneyland Paris this summer, she loved it!

  43. Anneka Avery
    August 20, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    My daughter loves to explore so we will travel our local area finding places we haven’t been before and using our imaginations to make up stories about where we are! We can be in the fairy kingdom then in the gruffalos forest. It’s fun 😊

  44. Ashleigh Allan
    August 20, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    They like to see new places and new things

  45. Lin Martin
    August 22, 2017 / 6:57 am

    They love to travel everywhere, after watching the gojetters they want to see the wonders of the world. Te rainforest is on the list too. They are just adventurous souls they also love Cornwall as we go often, who wouldn’t beautiful beaches and great Cornish afternoon tea!

  46. Rich Tyler
    August 22, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    They love exploring new places, sights and smells

  47. Simon LC
    August 22, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    The south of France so the France book would be perfect

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