Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Writers often spin their tales in the places they love best, and we’ve found some favorites for kids and teens set in our family destinations. The books included here should help your children understand the setting and culture of your upcoming destinations—and also inspire them to visit. Take a look and let the excitement begin!

From the Colosseum to the Eiffel Tower

8-12 year olds

  • “The Diary of Melanie Martin: Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza” by Carol Weston—ROME
  • “The Roman News” by Philip Steele and Andrew Langley—ROME
  • “Michelangelo” by Diane Stanley—FLORENCE
  • “Giotto (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)” by Mike Venezia—FLORENCE
  • “Vendela in Venice” by Christina Bjork—VENICE
  • “The Thief Lord”—VENICE
  • Harry Potter series—LONDON
  • “The London Eye Mystery” by Siobhan Dowd—LONDON
  • “The Family Under the Bridge” by Natalie Savage Carlson—PARIS
  • “Vero and Philippe” by Caroline Hatton—PARIS

13-17 year olds

  • “The Roman Mysteries” series—ROME
  • “Getting The Boot” by Peggy Guthart Strauss—ROME
  • “City of Flowers” by Mary Hoffman—FLORENCE
  • “Daughter of Venice” by Donna Jo Napoli—VENICE
  • “City Of Masks” by Mary Hoffman—VENICE
  • “Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James” by Paula Danziger—LONDON
  • “The Borribles” by Michael de Larrabeiti—LONDON
  • Harry Potter series—LONDON
  • “Vidalia in Paris” by Sasha Watson—PARIS

Ciao, Italia!

8-12 year olds

  • “The Diary of Melanie Martin: Or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza” by Carol Weston—ROME
  • “The Roman News” by Philip Steele and Andrew Langley—ROME
  • “Michelangelo” by Diane Stanley—FLORENCE
  • “Giotto (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)” by Mike Venezia—FLORENCE
  • “Vendela in Venice” by Christina Bjork—VENICE
  • “The Thief Lord”—VENICE

13-17 year olds

  • “The Roman Mysteries” series—ROME
  • “Getting The Boot” by Peggy Guthart Strauss—ROME
  • “City of Flowers” by Mary Hoffman—FLORENCE
  • “Daughter of Venice” by Donna Jo Napoli—VENICE
  • “City Of Masks” by Mary Hoffman—VENICE

London & Paris: A Tale of Two Cities

8-12 year olds

  • Harry Potter series—LONDON
  • “The London Eye Mystery” by Siobhan Dowd—LONDON
  • “The Family Under the Bridge” by Natalie Savage Carlson—PARIS
  • “Vero and Philippe” by Caroline Hatton—PARIS

13-17 year olds

  • “Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James” by Paula Danziger—LONDON
  • “The Borribles” by Michael de Larrabeiti—LONDON
  • Harry Potter series—LONDON
  • “Vidalia in Paris” by Sasha Watson—PARIS

Wild, Wild West

8-12 year olds

  • “Expedition Yellowstone, A Mountain Adventure” by Sandra Chisholm Robinson—YELLOWSTONE
  • “The Great Yellowstone Fire” by Carole G. Vogel and Kathryn A. Goldner—YELLOWSTONE
  • “Wolf Stalker: A Mystery in Yellowstone National Park” by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson—YELLOWSTONE
  • “Face to Face wit Mount Rushmore” by Jean L.S. Patrick—MOUNT RUSHMORE
  • “Born to Be a Cowgirl” by Candace Savage—OLD WEST

13-17 year olds

  • “The Great Yellowstone Fire” by Carole G. Vogel and Kathryn A. Goldner
  • “Mount Rushmore: The Story Behind the Scenery” by Lincoln Borglum
  • “The Life and Death of Crazy Horse” by Russell Freedman and Amos Bad Heart Bull—OLD WEST
  • “Crow and Weasel” by Barry Lopez—THE WEST

Canyon Country Family Adventure

8-12 year olds

  • “Brighty of the Grand Canyon” by Marguerite Henry—GRAND CANYON
  • “The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl, New Mexico, 1864 (Dear America)” by Ann Turner—NAVAJO CULTURE
  • “Sing Down the Moon” by Scott O'Dell—NAVAJO CULTURE
  • “Weird Planet #2: Lost in Las Vegas” by Dan Greenburg—LAS VEGAS
  • “Danger In The Narrows” by Mike Graf—ZION NATIONAL PARK
  • “Ghost Horses: A Mystery in Zion National Park” by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson—ZION NATIONAL PARK

13-17 year olds

  • “Downriver” by Will Hobbs—GRAND CANYON
  • “My Life with Nature” by John Muir—ZION NATIONAL PARK
  • “Turtle Dream, Collected Stories from the Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, and Havasupai People” by Gerald Hausman—NAVAJO CULTURE