Reading with children and Vacations!

by Anna Blanch on June 17, 2010

I know quite a few people heading off on European adventures this summer – mainly because the British Open is descending onto St Andrews this July – and so I thought i’d share this snippet of a review about Heidi’s Alp, a book about planning European vacations with children:

Parents who need ideas about how to plan vacations with their children should get Christina Hardyment’s Heidi’s Alp. It’s a wonderful book that I’ve read a half dozen times. Hardyment’s notion was to take her kids around Europe visiting sites associated with favorite children books: to read Heidi in the Alps, Babar in France, Pinocchio in an Italian gondola, and “Sleeping Beauty” when visiting a German fairy-tale castle….

From Jerry Griswold on Storybook Travel.

Given that those that read Goannatree hail from 5 continents, the European vacation option is not exactly on the table for all – but i think there’s room to adapt this idea to classic books from your own country – like Seven Little Australians or Picnic at Hanging Rock (though admittedly the latter could be a little creepy to actually read at Hanging Rock – ooohhh, tingling down my spine) or Huckleberry Finn – and possible holiday activities!

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. 

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  • Aimee

    Love this idea! (though I would have chosen "Madeline" instead of "Babar" for France)

    We are planning a trip to Boston and New England in the Fall, so I'm getting Robert McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings" and "Blueberries for Sal" to read to our 2 year old before we go.

    Another younger book that would be good for an Australian holiday is Alison Lester's "Are we there yet?"

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