Great Books for Summer Travel

Summer travel and great books go together like sun and surf. Whether you have a plane to catch, a long car ride ahead, or a trip to Grandma's, these reads for kids and tweens should help make it a fun journey. Some offer a taste of foreign lands, others a summer crush, and some get into family dynamics. No matter what genre you're looking for, you can find something here your kids will love. We have lots of interesting books to choose from -- and to pack along with the sunscreen. Be sure to check out these lists, too: Travel Movies, Travel TV, Adventure Books, and Books About Families.

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Are We There Yet? Book Poster Image
Car trip turns to time travel in highly imaginative story.
By Dan Santat
(2016)
(2016)
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Camp Rex Book Poster Image
Funny tale of kids and dinosaurs on a camping trip.
By Molly Idle
(2014)
(2014)
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The Day the Crayons Came Home Book Poster Image
Crayons send postcards, beg to return in hilarious sequel.
By Drew Daywalt
(2015)
(2015)
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Goldfish Ghost Book Poster Image
Lonely ghost fish finds a friend in charming seaside tale.
By Lemony Snicket
(2017)
(2017)
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The Airport Book Book Poster Image
Fun account of family's travel day tells all about airports.
By Lisa Brown
(2016)
(2016)
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All the Way to Havana Book Poster Image
Celebration of Cuban family and ingenuity has gorgeous art.
By Margarita Engle
(2017)
(2017)
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Letters from Felix: A Little Rabbit on a World Tour Book Poster Image
Stuffed bunny writes home about world adventures.
By Annette Langen
(2003)
(1994)
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Locomotive Book Poster Image
Gorgeous story of train journey is exciting, fact-packed.
By Brian Floca
(2013)
(2013)
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Lost and Found: Adèle & Simon in China Book Poster Image
Lots of fun in exquisitely illustrated China travelogue.
By Barbara McClintock
(2017)
(2016)
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Our Great Big Backyard Book Poster Image
National Parks help open girl to nature in cute family tale.
By Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
(2016)
(2016)
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Vampirina at the Beach Book Poster Image
Vampire girl frolics at night in fun, zany beach romp.
By Anne Marie Pace
(2017)
(2017)
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Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog Book Poster Image
Terrier adapts to new Paris home in charming dog tale.
By Jackie Clark Mancuso
(2014)
(2013)
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The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation Book Poster Image
Princess tries to get a break in fun, action-packed volume.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2017)
(2016)
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Linnea in Monet's Garden Book Poster Image
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
(2012)
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Road Trip with Max and His Mom Book Poster Image
Fun road trip sequel explores emotional effects of divorce.
By Linda Urban
(2018)
(2018)
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The Story of Diva and Flea Book Poster Image
Beautiful art befits charming friendship story set in Paris.
By Mo Willems
(2015)
(2015)
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The Year of the Fortune Cookie: Anna Wang, Book 3 Book Poster Image
Thought-provoking story of tween girl's trip to China.
By Andrea Cheng
(2014)
(2014)
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Grand Canyon Book Poster Image
Informative, imaginative, gorgeous intro to natural history.
By Jason Chin
(2017)
(2017)
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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle Book Poster Image
Girl bikes across the U.S. in quirky road-trip adventure.
By Christina Uss
(2018)
(2018)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Book Poster Image
Family road trip goes hilariously awry in 9th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2014)
(2014)
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Gone Crazy in Alabama Book Poster Image
Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
(2015)
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Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea Book Poster Image
Dreamy, visual vacation unfolds in sweet beach tale.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2018)
(2018)
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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic Book Poster Image
History, magic, foreign travel in exciting tween adventure.
By Lisa Papademetriou
(2015)
(2015)
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The Forget-Me-Not Summer: Silver Sisters, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sisters grow closer away from home in smart coming-of-ager.
By Leila Howland
(2016)
(2015)
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Listen, Slowly Book Poster Image
Captivating tale of U.S. girl meeting her family in Vietnam.
By Thanhha Lai
(2015)
(2015)
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Book Poster Image
Sisters romp through summer in old-fashioned charmer.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2005)
(2005)
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Phoenix: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
By Jeff Stone
(2012)
(2012)
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Welcome to Dog Beach Book Poster Image
Tween girls learn to accept change in light summer read.
By Lisa Greenwald
(2014)
(2014)
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All Summer Long Book Poster Image
Best friends battle summer blues in heartfelt graphic novel.
By Hope Larson
(2018)
(2018)
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As Brave As You Book Poster Image
Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris Book Poster Image
Ambitious time-travel tale covers edgy French history, art.
By Marissa Moss
(2012)
(2012)
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See You in the Cosmos Book Poster Image
Sweet, quirky road story sparkles with warmth and wisdom.
By Jack Cheng
(2017)
(2017)
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Summer of the Gypsy Moths Book Poster Image
Captivating story of resilient girls has some dark moments.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2012)
(2012)
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Sunny Side Up Book Poster Image
Funny, moving graphic novel takes on teen substance abuse.
By Matthew Holm, Jennifer Holm
(2015)
(2015)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
(2010)
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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings Book Poster Image
Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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The Geography of You and Me Book Poster Image
Sweet, smart romance is perfect vacation reading.
By Jennifer E. Smith
(2014)
(2014)
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Love & Gelato Book Poster Image
Teen grapples with grief and first love in charming romance.
By Jenna Evans Welch
(2016)
(2016)
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Going Over Book Poster Image
Passionate, poetic story of love across the Berlin Wall.
By Beth Kephart
(2014)
(2014)
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Open Road Summer Book Poster Image
Sweet tale of love and friendship on the road to stardom.
By Emery Lord
(2014)
(2014)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Poster Image
Popular series start shows positive girl friendships.
By Ann Brashares
(2003)
(2001)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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Under a Painted Sky Book Poster Image
Girls pose as boys in suspenseful, nontraditional Western.
By Stacey Lee
(2015)
(2015)
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Anna and the French Kiss Book Poster Image
Sweet love story has romantic Parisian backdrop.
By Stephanie Perkins
(2012)
(2010)
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Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
First in fun series is like a Downton Abbey for teens.
By Leila Rasheed
(2013)
(2013)
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The Fill-In Boyfriend Book Poster Image
Romantic beach read with kooky premise and solid messages.
By Kasie West
(2015)
(2015)
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Kissing in America Book Poster Image
Sweet, funny coming-of-age story about all kinds of love.
By Margo Rabb
(2015)
(2015)
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Love and Other Train Wrecks Book Poster Image
Road trip romance is engaging, sometimes predictable.
By Leah Konen
(2018)
(2018)
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Man Made Boy Book Poster Image
Frankenstein's son takes road trip in clever horror fantasy.
By Jon Skovron
(2013)
(2013)
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An Abundance of Katherines Book Poster Image
Comic slacker-geek lit is fun for the right teen.
By John Green
(2006)
(2006)
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Exile, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fast, fun trip with teen rock band manager, star boyfriend.
By Kevin Emerson
(2014)
(2014)
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The Last True Love Story Book Poster Image
Offbeat road trip tale shreds barriers of age, background.
By Brendan Kiely
(2016)
(2016)
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Mosquitoland Book Poster Image
Unforgettable story of a girl's 1,000-mile journey home.
By David Arnold
(2015)
(2015)
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Trouble Book Poster Image
Teens face violence, racism on a road trip to redemption.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2008)
(2008)
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Why We Took the Car Book Poster Image
Dark humor, edgy details elevate teen road trip.
By Wolfgang Herrndorf
(2014)
(2014)
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Just One Day Book Poster Image
Mature romance explores love, travel, and self-discovery.
By Gayle Forman
(2013)
(2013)
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