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How to Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children: Bring Some Good Books & Audios

You likely well know this, but we love books at our house. And no trip is complete without them! I have fond memories of my mom reading to us on long car trips and I hope to create those same memories for my children.

Picture Books

These are great for reading aloud or letting the children read/look at themselves. I tried to pick books that corresponded with some of the places we were visiting and things we were doing to make them a little more relevant.

You can find our family’s 15 favorite read-alouds here if you need ideas for good books. We get most of our books from PaperBackSwap since, sadly, our library system here is nothing like the wonderful library system we had in Topeka and Kansas City (we were spoiled there — no late fees, very clean and modern facilities and lots of new books and new releases!).

Chapter Books

I always try to bring one chapter book along to read in the car and at night as we’re snuggled up in bed before going to sleep. The children beg for me to read every night and there’s nothing that beats a good chapter book while we’re all snuggled under the covers together!

We’re finishing the Little House series right now, but I brought for something different for this trip. The children loved it and I think I know what books we’re going to read once we finish the Little House series! (Thanks to a reader who recommended this book!)

Books On Tape/Audio Dramatizations

One of the ways we pass a lot of time in the car is by listening to great audio. One of our children’s current favorites is the We also enjoy the and the The girls also recently listened to during their afternoon quiet time and were enthralled with it.

Books for Mom

Don’t forget to bring some books for yourself, too. Road trips almost always provide some time to enjoy longer stretches of reading than you might usually be able to enjoy at home. I brought , , and . Reviews on these books will be posted in a few weeks when I share about the books I’ve read this month.

Other posts in the Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children series

  1. How to Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children: Be Organized When Packing
  2. How to Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children: Pack an Emergency Box
  3. How to Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children: Bring Some Good Books & Audios

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  • says:

    We just took a 5 hour road trip over Memorial Day weekend with a 15-mo old and two big dogs and we are still exhausted from it!! The dogs traveled perfectly, the the busy toddler was pretty tired of being stuck in a hot car by the time we drove home.

    We tried to keep the same eating/snack schedule, but the nap schedule was completely off. And we learned that we cannot share the same hotel room when baby’s bed time is 7:30! Next time we get adjoining rooms so we don’t have to hide in the bathroom with our laptops until the baby falls asleep!

  • Becky says:

    I envy you – I get carsick if I do anything but stare straight forward. I sometimes can get away with looking out the side window or getting a snack. Audiobooks are a good idea though. Usually we turn on music or talk (no kiddos for us yet). I sometimes have a hard time concentrating on audiobooks but they might be useful in those long stretches.

  • Blaire Ruch says:

    Not sure if you will read this or not Crystal, but things have changed in Topeka. We have late fees now, and they charge for mailing out books 🙁
    Still an incredible library though! 🙂

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