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Ten Books In Ten Minutes: Washington, D.C.

Thanks for joining us for our 10 Books in 10 Minutes Facebook Live Event! Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. That includes these great books about Washington, D.C. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self.

Washington Monument
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TGC strives to connect travelers with quality literature and media that allows the curiosity in all of us to thrive. More importantly, the most powerful tool we have to be the best travelers we can be, regardless of our age, is gobal literacy. So, for more great reads and connections to travel and culture, click hereNote that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

Washington, D.C. City Trails

Straight from the publishers of some of the best travel guides for children comes WDC City Trails. This book, great for your older explorers, has over 15 walking tours themed for every interest a kid could dream up! From the Senate to the Supreme Court, this book covers the US capitol covered. The pages are designed to explore all aspects of culture and get your kids excited about visiting this slice of history.

Larry Gets Lost In Washington

Oh, Larry! Separated from his humans, Larry winds up seeing some of the best the capitol has to offer. In fact, he winds up having a bit more fun than most!

House Mouse, Senate Mouse

What does it take to make a law? Follow this quest to choose the nation’s perfect cheese in this witty book perfect for curious minds.

Woodrow, The White House Mouse

Meet Woodrow, a resident at the most famous house around. This mouse is only too happy to show you around and tell you all about the amazing things that happen here.

Curious About The White House

Read on for a few fascinating facts about the most famous house in town. Then find out the answers to your most curious question by exploring the pages. Perfect for your young grade schoolers.

Where Is The White House?

Another chapter book from the bobblehead series. Learn the ins and outs of the people’s house and how it changes hands from president to president. A really great read before you tour.

S is For Smithsonian

From the great global alphabet series comes a version about our capitol. Each letter does a great job of explaining all kinds of different moments you can find around the city. I happen to be partial to the letter “Z”!

Mount Vernon’s Magnificent Menagerie

It’s Christmas and there’s a camel at Mount Vernon! Learn what the holidays were like when our country was brand new.

America’s White Table

Read to discover this important lesson on respecting those who have served and those we have lost. Knowing what the POW MIA table is can be an enlightening moment before visiting Arlington.

Grace For President

Someone has made herself rather comfy in the Oval Office. And why not? Grace finds out all about what it takes to be president and then thinks she would surely be a great one! I agree!

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Ten Books In Ten Minutes: Lovely London

Thanks for joining us for our 10 Books in 10 Minutes Facebook Live Event! (coming soon!) Sharing stories from around the world is an amazing gift to give any child. Putting the world in a young mind’s hands is one of the best ways to create productive, understanding adults. Books like this allow readers to develop life skills like empathy, cultural understanding, and a global sense of self. Let’s dig in to books about London!

London icons
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TGC strives to connect travelers with quality literature and media that allows the curiosity in all of us to thrive. More importantly, the most powerful tool we have to be the best travelers we can be, regardless of our age, is gobal literacy. So, for more great reads and connections to travel and culture, click hereNote that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

Mary Poppins

Full disclosure: I am not promoting an unnamed recently released movie. I am, however, promoting a fantastic piece of literature that will certainly promote your lexicon! P.L. Travers’ epitome of literary perfection is Mary Poppins. I know, I know, you saw the movie and it was delightful but, folks, the movie is just the tip of the iceberg! Trust me when I say that the movie is only half of Mary’s charm.

Travers books are in-depth, thoughtful, smartly written with a timelessness that needs enjoyment as well as effort. Travers dives deep into Edwardian England and gives one a sense of historical understanding. This book is the perfect read aloud for young imaginations or an addictive bedtime read for the older set. So, go beyond the Jolly Holiday and put away the sugar because a spoonful of the one and only Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way! For more on a perfect Mary Poppins Tour of London, click here.

London City Trails

Straight from the publishers of some of the best travel guides for children comes London City Trails. This book, great for your older explorers, has over 15 walking tours themed for every interest a kid could dream up! From crown jewels to fancy parks, this book covers England’s capital covered. The pages are designed to explore all aspects of culture and get your kids excited about visiting this amazing place.

101 Dalmatians

Did you think that this story was a creation of Disney? Me Too! But, it turns out, that this British classic is so much more than the enchanting movie. Join original author Dodie Smith as she develops the rescue of all those spots from the dastardly Cruella DeVil. Included in this 2-books-in-one volume, is a second book about Pongo and Perdita as they explore the city. With chapters about the National Gallery and Trafalger Square, this classic is perfect!

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone

What more do I need to say? Harry’s story is a sensation for a reason but, ask any Potterhead and they will tell you “don’t rely on the movie!” The book really is that much better. In the first of the series, Harry must head into London to get his school supplies and catch the train. J.K Rowling’s writing brings the city alive in the imagination of all who read it! There are many tours available that are themed for the devotees of the wizarding world. Just remember, read the book first!!

Katie In London

Katie and little Jack befriend one of the lions in Trafalger Square. It turns out the the lion is an EXCELLENT tour guide! He brings the children on an adventure across the big city and makes it more accessible to their young minds. This pick is perfect for those little ones who may need a bit of support in new spaces and for those adventurers who are ready to take on the next challenge in equal measure.

Will’s Quill

Shakespeare needs some help! and he finds it in an unlikely source. Introduce your kiddos to the bard through this clever English Classic that is designed to fill in a little information about his life in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Henry, The Queen’s Corgi

What happens when a clever corgi becomes the center of a royal mix-up? Check in with Henry who is always conjuring up another plan winds up with a VIP pass to the plushest palace in town. But how will he get back to his true family?

Winnie The Pooh

Half way to the coast as you go southbound from London is Ashford Forest. This is home to the famous 100 Acre Wood of Winnie-The-Pooh fame. Don’t be fooled, long before Pooh bear and his friends were in nurseries, the classic by A.A. Milne is meant for much older kids who can grasp the imagination of Christopher Robin. As with most quality children’s literature, it’s perfect reading for every age!

The Queen’s Hat

The wind has taken hold of the Queen’s very favorite hat! All of the Beef Eaters come to her aid and chase the royal hat all over town. Perfect to start introducing royalty and London’s icons

This Is London

If there were one book that started the travel literature craze for kids. this is it. From the “This Is” series, take a look at every London icon out there and explore this very big city before you touch down.

War Horse

This WWI epic is about a young man and the horse that sees him through the war. This book is so moving that it was turned into a West End hit and a blockbuster movie. If you are trying to connect your tweens and teens with history, look no further.

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Ten Books In Ten Minutes: France’s Many Treasures

Thanks for joining us today for our Facebook Live Book Review. I truly love these particular books and hope you will too! Each of them contributes to make us all better global citizens. Here are the Amazon links to all of today’s picks! Note that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!

Katy and The Waterlily Pond by James Mayhew

In this delightful book, Katy and her grandma enjoy an adventure that brings Monet’s artistic masterpieces to life. They meet the subjects of Monet’s works and learn how to capture the light like the master. I had the pleasure of visiting Giverny, France and I could just imagine enjoying this book on a bench under the shady trees overlooking the iconic pond. Imagine inspiring your young impressionist and then visiting Monet’s shrine to the light with a box of paints and a canvas yourself! Katy inspires the inner artist in all of us. Furthermore, a book like this prepares young travelers to visit stunning Normandy or get out the art supplies and create a new masterpiece. TGC believes books like Katy and the Waterlily Pond enhance young minds and global literacy!

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

Julie’s adventure starts in Paris as she looks at the river Seine. It’s what happens when she takes a train out to the country and meets a man that looks a lot like Santa that she realizes the river is special.

Charlotte in Giverny

Much like Katie, Charlotte has a few adventures to share. Charlotte, however, chooses to share hers in the form of a journal. Get a first hand look at what happens when Charlotte gets the chance to spend time in Giverny among the impressionist masters.

Who Was Claude Monet?

So why exactly is the famous son of France such a big deal? Read this great biography from the “bobblehead” series out of Penguin Publishing. Monet turned the art world upside down with his obsession with light. He spent his entire life seeking out that perfect light all while endearing the art world to his cause.

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child

Oh Julia! How we love this american ex-pat who took the country on its first culinary journey! Explore her bigger than life world in this adorable book that contains all sort of different facts about her life in Paris and beyond.

Who Was Julia Child?

Another “bobblehead” book, this one shows how Julia fell in love with France and french cooking. More importantly, it really shows how France reciprocated that love. I’m including the link to a great move called “Julie and Julia” as an added bonus for to Julia lovers out there. It’s a great way to dream about traveling to France!

Gustave Eiffel’s Spectacular Idea: The Eiffel Tower

So how in the world did we wind up with an Eiffel tower anyway? And how is the Statue of Liberty connected? While we’re at it, did people even like the Eiffel tower? Find out the answers to these questions and so many more! This is a great read for your aspiring engineers!

Madeline

The children’s classic still endures as great introduction to Paris as sweet Madeline walks in a line with her classmates and sees the city. She then deals with a serious tummy ache. Will she mend quickly? Read on to find out.

Paris City Trails

Explore Paris by foot and yet another wonderful addition of City Trails from Lonely Planet. This book is perfect for those older grade schoolers and tweens who need to start taking a role in the planning of family trips. Check out more than 15 themed walks that take you on, under, through, up , and around Paris.

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

One last amazing French citizen to check in with is the amazing Jacques Cousteau. Known for his discoveries and conservation of our planet’s seas, Cousteau made it his personal mission to save our Oceans and their residents. But how did it all begin? Read on to find out more.