City-inspired tales to encourage summer reading plus Book Bundle Giveaway

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Excerpt from A Walk in New York

Excerpt from A Walk in New York

City. Metropolis. Center. Megalopolis. Whichever way you say it, you know you will be headed towards the center of the action. While some families prefer quiet, country vacations, I crave the bustling streets and noise of an urban adventure. There is always something to see, do, eat and explore. I devour books about such places and my children’s shelves have begun to explode with new series and books that highlight the best of the cities across the globe. Inspiration is everywhere, but we love to find it in the pages of books. Here are a few of our favorites.

Larry Loves PortlandLarry Loves Portland by John Skewes
Larry, the loveable pup from the Larry Gets Lost series, show off his fondness for the Oregon Zoo, Powell’s City of Books, Benson Bubblers, Union Station, and many of the other sites and sounds of Portland in this series for the youngest of Larry’s fans.

A-Walk-In-New-YorkA Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino
Follow along as a boy and his father walk around Manhattan, from Grand Central to the top of the Empire State Building, from Greenwich Village to the Statue of Liberty, learning lots of facts and trivia along the way.

Hello-Washington-DCHello, Washington, D.C.! by Candice Ransom
Dive into history with a tour of the White House, National Zoo and Lincoln Memorial. Marvel at the cherry blossoms and meet the DC city bird. History was never so much fun.

This-is-ParisThis is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
Tour the historical buildings, gardens, cafés, and meet Parisians-artists, concierges, and a whole lot of cats. Wander the banks of the Seine, and head to the top of the Eiffel Tower for views you won’t see anywhere else. Well, unless you visit Paris that is.

Katie-in-LondonKatie in London by James Mayhew
Katie and her cousin Jack think that a trip to London with grandma will be a boring affair. At Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion, and he takes them on a fantastic tour of the city.

Let's-Visit-RomeLet’s Visit Rome!: Adventures of Bella & Harry by Lisa Manzione
Sibling Chihuahuas Bella and Harry travel to Rome to check out the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and many other iconic sites along the way.  Of course they have to sample the local cuisine and even introduce a few basic Italian words.

 Need more books for your kids to enjoy this summer?
Enter to win our #ReadGo2014 Book Bundle! Details below. 


#ReadGo2014 Book Bundle Giveaway

We know how much parents need new books to read to their kids just as much as kids crave new adventures, which is why we have put together a big book bundle that includes books that go with several themes we are covering throughout the #ReadGo Summer Book Challenge. Board books, picture books, cookbooks and even three YA audiobooks are in the mix to keep your entire family reading this summer.

What books are included?

  • Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player (children’s book)
  • Lately Lily Travel Flashcards by Micah Player  (flashcards)
  • Lately Lily Sunny Yellow Suitcase by Micah Player  (activity set)
  • Larry Loves Portland! by John Skewes (children’s book)
  • Portland ABC: A Larry Gets Lost Book by John Skewes (children’s book)
  • Larry Loves New York City! by John Skewes (children’s book)
  • S is for Salmon by Hannah Viano (children’s book)
  • Maggi and Milo by Juli Brenning (children’s book)
  • From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos (YA novel- audiobook)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (YA novel- audiobook)
  • Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon (YA novel- audiobook)
  • A Year with Six Sisters’ Cookbook by Six Sisters (cookbook)
  •  Greg Atkinson’s In Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef by Greg Atkinson(cookbook)

Of course you will need something to carry all of these books in, so we also have a Thirty-One Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote to give away.

Enter to win!

Due to shipping restrictions and costs, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents 18 and older. For full rules and details, please look at the Rafflecopter form below. The third #ReadGo2014 giveaway will be open to all readers and fans across the globe.

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Many thanks to Sasquatch Books, MacMillan Audio, Chronicle Books, Juli Brenning, Six Sisters and 31Gifts for providing prizes for this giveaway. We love working with companies that produce quality content families can enjoy. 

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Showing 8 comments
  • Jenna

    Favorite book as a kid? That’s a hard question! Besides Judy Blume books, I loved (and read over and over) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

  • Ann grocholski

    Favorite book series were Nancy Drew and Little House books. I also loved Black Beauty!

  • Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    I’m with Jenna… My favorite was a Judy Blume book, Superfudge.

  • Camille

    Well that’s an impossible question. I like Amelia Bedilla still though.

  • Angela Hylland

    My favorite books as a kid were the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I can’t wait to read them with my daughter. Our current favorite book we’ve picked up on a trip is Naughty Bus (London). I highly recommend it. Even the typeface in the book is playful and creative.

  • Aimee

    Any book by Roald Dahl.

  • Alaine

    I loved Goodnight Moon.

  • Laurie

    Loved the Peter Cottontail and Black Beauty series books, Trixie Belden . . . what book wasn’t my favorite! I was a bookworm!

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