lonely planet kids travel books

We have a very exciting case to share with you today, you could win this case full of children’s travel books with Lonely Planet. We recommend making space in your case, and your Christmas stockings,  for these amazing titles. 

We’ve all been there, about to board a plane, packing the car and the kids want to know ‘where are we actually going?’ That moment where you realise you haven’t quite got round to sharing all that info you’ve gleaned from your copy of Lonely Planet with them.  8 year olds – and especially 6 year olds I have found – can ask really loud and hard to answer questions about geography, culture and even socio-political situations in the countries they visit. Googling as you go is great, but inspiring them with their own children’s travel books is a great way to foster their own love of travel.

Lonely Planet shared with us four of their newest and most exciting titles, specially designed to kick start the travel bug and open kids’ minds to the world around them. We love that they are quirky, packed full of unusual facts and inspirational stories. They would make fabulous gifts and christmas presents.

Travel Books for older children (8 plus)

You Rule


Tired of following other people’s rules? Think you can do better? Now’s your chance. We’ll show you how to design a completely new nation from scratch. You’ll choose where it’s located, what it looks like, how many people live in it, what they do and how they travel. You’ll get to decide, organise, govern and judge. You can be king, queen, big chief, emperor, president or dictator. Because right here, right now, you rule!

Helen tested this on her 8 year old son:

Well, you can imagine how enticing this sounded to an eight-year-old. The Bug got stuck into this lovely book straight away, picking up tips about borders, currency, climate, and nationality along the way. Following the instructions in the nine chapters of this book, he chose a part of the world he loves, decided who would live on either side, and worked out his form of government. He figured out how to make money in his new economy, and planned some fun for his people.


The Travel Book


This incredible book covers every country in the world, with amazing facts on sports, wildlife, how people live, their fabulous food and a wide range of quirky insights on every page. With a mix of stunning photography and beautiful illustrations, every country is brought to life before your eyes.

In a rush to finish work and pack, Penny used this book to fire up her 6 and 8 year old’s imaginations about their half term trip to Edinburgh.

We looked up Scotland and found out the national animal is the Unicorn, discovered which countries haggis, bagpipes, kilts and tartan actually originated in (Clue – not Scotland) and the story of Greyfriars Bobby captured our dog loving hearts and gave us something else to look out for in Edinburgh.


How to be an International spy

There is no going back, agent. Once you enter How to be an International Spy your training will begin as you join the secret world of spies. Your training will take you through the ranks from recruit to secret agent, giving you a host of skills to put into covert operation immediately. Join us now, we’ll take you deeper undercover as you prepare to be a real spy!

Penny’s son ran off with this one…

This book is still hidden in a secret location in his bedroom where he plans his next mission. He couldn’t get enough of having the fabulous facts about espionage read to him.


For younger children

We also love this one which is suitable from 3 plus…if you have ever taken a small child on a plane you will know how magical sticker books can be, as Katie and daughter demonstrate!


This is the perfect gift for a small person with a ticket to ride.


adventures-around-the-globe Lonely Planet Kids' Travel books


This special edition Atlas takes young readers on a non-stop tour of the continents, adding fun and humour along the way. Introducing each continent in turn with a beautifully illustrated map, then delving deeper into some of the most iconic sights, readers can even add stickers and colour to the stunning scenes. There’s also a fold-out surprise – a 3D model of the globe to make, cherish and track the globe-trotting adventure.



We have one Lonely Planet case and four books as described above, just leave a comment below telling me which book you most like the look of and why, and complete the rafflecopter to register your entry and access extra entries. You can enter to win more books on Helen‘s  and Penny‘s blogs too.

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Terms and Conditions

There is one prize of a Lonely Planet case and four books as described above. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
Open to UK residents, excluding employees and relatives of Lonely Planet and SIYC
Closing date for entries is 14/11/2015
One entry per person
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The winner will be informed within 1 week of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
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