Travel For Kids

Let’s Visit Rome!: Adventures of Bella & Harry

by Lisa Manzione, Kristine Lucco (Illustrator)

Join sibling Chihuahuas Bella and Harry as they travel to Rome with their family and see the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and other sites. Along the way, local cuisine (such as antipasti) and basic Italian words are introduced to the reader. The Adventures of Bella & Harry is a picture book series that chronicles the escapades of a pup named Bella, her little brother Harry and their family, who travel the world exploring the sights and sounds of new, exciting cities. The Bella & Harry series is intended to be an informative, interactive and exciting way to introduce children to travel, different countries, customs, history and landmarks with the educational value of this book cleverly disguised amidst dozens of illustrated pages which are sure to win the hearts of young readers.

Ottavia e i Gatti di Roma – Octavia and the Cats of Rome: A bilingual picture book in Italian and English

by Claudia Cerulli & Leo Lätti (Illustrator)

An adventurous story of two cats who call the ancient monuments of Rome their home. Follow Octavia and Julius in their tour of the best-loved sights of the Eternal City, with stops at the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, and the famed Mouth of Truth. Discover more about Rome and the sights mentioned in the story in the informative section at the end of the book. Use the location map to plan your own walking tour of Rome to see all the sights visited by the two cats and engage young children with a treasure hunt in the heart of Rome. The text in Italian with English translation on every page will help Italian language students learn new words and practice their reading skills. Those who love animals will enjoy this entertaining little adventure where two kittens are the bold protagonists.

Have Stroller, Will Travel: Exploring Italy with Two Small Children and Other Ridiculous Moments in Parenting

by Katie Cantrell

Have you ever wanted to take a three-year-old and a one-year-old to Italy? Probably not. Reading about someone else doing it is more fun. And a whole lot cheaper. Have Stroller, Will Travel: Exploring Italy with Two Small Children and Other Ridiculous Moments in Parenting is the unvarnished true story of traveling in Italy with two children under the age of four and other straight-from-the trenches tales from the parenting journey. From arriving with a broken stroller to searching Rome for a popsicle because a preschooler refuses gelato, the unpredictability of traveling with children paints a picture of Italy like you’ve never seen it before. It’s less Under the Tuscan Sun than The Cat in the Hat Has Ciao Down Pat. For example: “Nick tried to teach Riley that she should just say, “No, grazie,” when the salesmen descended. She seemed to be listening. Then a vendor came by with a light-up bubble machine. Riley promptly started waving at him and shouting, “YES, grazie!” Even later in the trip, she would sit at our outdoor dinner tables and make eye contact with every peddler who walked by, waving her hand vaguely in a “no, no thank you. . . or do I mean hello, come over here” way while murmuring, “No, grazie, no grazie,” very seriously, yet not at all convincingly, under her breath.

Madeline and the Cats of Rome

by John Bemelmans Marciano

Kindergarten-Grade 2—In the first all-new Madeline book in almost 50 years, Ludwig Bemelmans’s grandson tries his hand at re-creating the magic and charm of the boisterous little French girl. In this escapade, Miss Clavel and the girls escape the cold, rainy weather in Paris to enjoy spring in Rome. But when their camera is stolen, Madeline races off to catch the culprit. She tracks her down and discovers one of the hiding places of the famed cats of Rome. When the thief, Caterina, lures Madeline into one of her schemes, both girls are taken to the police station. Madeline is reunited with her teacher and classmates and decides to help Caterina stage a “rescue operation” for the cats. The first all-new Madeline book in close to 50 years combines a lively story with luminous gouache and watercolor illustrations. Beloved Madeline returns, as brave and irrepressible as ever!

Sydney Travels to Venice: A Guide for Kids

by Keith Svagerko & Sydney Svagerko

We want children to be excited about traveling to new places, especially to places as wonderful as Venice, Italy. How do we convince kids the trip will be worthwhile? How do we help them see there is nothing boring about Venice? Inspire your children before traveling by presenting this guide created especially for them from a “kids-eye” view of the city. Photographs, descriptions and activities educate and engage children while building greater anticipation for their visit!

Little Bo in Italy: The Continued Adventures of Bonnie Boadicea

by Julie Andrews Edwards

Ages 6-8. Little Bo’s sailor friend, Billy, has signed on aboard Lord and Lady Goodlad’s handsome yacht, Legend. Bo is delighted, for now she and Billy can see more of the world, and she can continue her quest to find news of her long-lost brothers and sisters. Bo is determined to make sure they have all found safe and happy homes—even if it takes a lifetime of travels. In beautiful Italy, Little Bo sees wondrous sights, has adventures that test her strength and courage, and makes some surprising new discoveries. Throughout it all, she shows her valiant spirit and once again proves that even a tiny cat can make a big difference.

Taking the Kids to Italy

by Roland Merullo

A hilarious account of one absolutely disastrous Italian vacation, a story full of illness and good food, cold houses and warm people, bad decisions, marital spats, and family love. True in every detail, it is the tale of a trip award-winning author Roland Merullo made with his wife of many years, their two young children, and his brave octogenarian mother as an attempt to escape the New England winter and enjoy Italian cuisine, architecture, warm weather, and each other. Shortly after arriving at their rental house north of Rome, however, the Merullo family finds itself neck-deep in a swamp of misfortune. A stomach flu takes hold of their younger daughter and will not let go. The house is freezing cold, isolated, and patrolled by a pack of pesky mongrels. Hoping to escape the situation, the family heads south on a 500-mile drive, only to encounter, among a cast of eccentric characters, more bad luck. Their ability to cope — sometimes — and laugh — afterwards — forms the heart of Taking the Kids to Italy.

Venice, Italy Coloring Book (Volume 1)

by Nick Snels

This coloring book is packed with 48 coloring pages from Venice, Italy. If you love going to Venice, you will most certainly love this book, you get to color the Rialto Bridge, the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica San Marco, Venetian houses, gondolas on the Canal Grande, Saint Mark’s Campanile, the San Marco Lion, a Venetian carnival mask, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Calle Fondamenta Megio, Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute, Fondamenta Rio Marin, Piazza San Marco, Calle Frutarol, Ponte del Mondo Novo, Campo S. Maria Formosa, and many more happy memories from Venice. So get out your colored pencils, pens, or crayons, and color from your vibrant imagination. Dream. Imagine. Create. Be a coloring artist! Each coloring picture is printed on its own 8.5×11 inch page so there is no bleed-through or smudging to worry about.

Kids Travel Journal: My Travel Diary for Italy Journal

by Lunar Glow Journals

Most commonly suited for children ages 4 – 7. Is your family planning an adventure through Italy? Have you ever found your kids bored on a family trip? Wouldn’t it be great to offer them something other than a video game to keep them occupied? This travel journal for kids is a perfect vacation buddy that offers prompts to really trigger their imagination. Imagine how much fun your kids will have filling out their travel diary with prompts that ask them to draw and write about their experiences in Italy. They can share their memories of the Canals of Venice or Coliseum in Rome. And for those younger travelers, there’s plenty of “Check the Box” type questions and simple fill in the blank questions so mom and dad can easily share in the fun. Plus this travel diary also comes with travel games for kids like hangman, tic tac toe and more. It’s perfect for early writers and kids on the verge on writing. Here’s what your kids will love best:

• Log the places they have traveled throughout Italy
• Fill in the blank travel pages like: My Passport, Our Vacation Itinerary
• Free doodle pages to draw their favorite moments of the trip
• Log and rate their experiences with new foods
• Collect all their tickets in their scrap page

Gabby and Maddox Adventure’s in Italy!

by Steve Altier

From the author who brought you We Can’t Move at Christmas!, now comes the first book in the Gabby and Maddox adventure series. Travel back in time with the siblings to the days of ancient Rome. Enjoy the Roman chariot races and visit the Coliseum where great classic gladiator battles were fought. See the fine paintings of Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel. Their journey also includes stops in Pisa where they visit The Leaning Tower of Pisa and a final stop in Venice, the city entirely built on the water! And much, much more. Also includes lots of fun facts about Italy, an “Anti-Bully,” and “Good Sportsmanship” messages.