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Recently I had a chance to  check out a great resource for parents who are hitting the highway to any of the U.S. and Canadian national parks. It’s a hardback book called “Adventures with Johnny: Road Trip to the Parks” by Michael A DiLorenzo and illustrated by Jenniffer Julich.

There is something for everyone in the family. The first part of this colorful and large book is for your kids. It tells a timeless story about Johnny and his family and their trip to a park.  Each page is like it’s own travel game including activities such as finding hidden items in the full color detailed illustrations. The story gives kids an idea of what to expect on their trip and can literally keep them busy for an hour if an adult reads through it with them.

The second part of the book is for the parents.  It includes details of individual parks, tons of travel tips, as well as park and camping tips for the family.

Finally, my favorite section is the one on the Awesome Animals of the National Parks. The delightful full color drawings are captivating, and there are details about all of the animals including what their footprints might look like!  Finally, you’ll find the answers to all of the activities at the back of the book in case you get stuck.  My kids loved this book and we give it two thumbs up!

The next book on my list is the Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder. While I have written quite a lot of Disney Tips about my own experiences in Orlando, this is the first time I’ve posted anything about Disneyland — the original Disney park in California.  The last time I was at Disneyland, I was a child.  This book was a nostalgic trip for me since and is truly is an encyclopedia. Painstakingly detailed about every ride, attraction, shop, restaurant, and you name it.  It goes through the history of each attraction and how they’ve changed over the years, to what you can expect today. I recommend taking a look at this book well in advance of your trip in order to truly savor the moment at the park, having been well versed joy of what is to come. It’s also not a bad item to throw in your backpack and browse while you are in some of the lines at the park.  Happy travels!



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2 Cecilia { 09.13.12 at 1:38 pm }

Thanks for posting! I am always looking for things to do with my kids or to give to my kids while we are traveling. Last summer when we traveled to Michigan to do water parks and see some sights, and we played tons of games in the car which helped.