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Before my son was even born, we started collecting books for him while we were traveling.
My husband is in the military and we were stationed in Hawaii while I was pregnant. On long weekends we would often travel to the different islands kind of like how mainlanders travel to a nearby state. One of the first trips we went on after I was pregnant was to the Big Island.While there we visited the Volcanoes National Park. While perusing the Visitors Center I came across a book called Twinkle, Twinkle Small Hoku which is the Hawaiian version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Being a pregnant first time mom, my baby was on my mind constantly and I just had to get this book for him and so began our family travel tradition of building a children’s travel library.
Some of the books that we pick up while travelling are obvious as to where we got them from but some are not as blatant like Twinkle, Twinkle Small Hoku. Either way, we always write a special note in the back of each book to our son letting him know where each book was purchased and the date. He won’t remember many of our first travel adventures together but it will be fun to look at these books with him when he is older and talk about the things we did when we were a young family.
Check out the other books we have picked up during our travels.
- The Pout-Pout Fish – Purchased by my husband a few weeks before our son was born after he hiked Kalalau Trail in Kauai
- Hello, Yellowstone! – Purchased during our cross-continental road trip while we were visiting Yellowstone National Park
- Do You See Mount Rushmore? – Purchased during our cross-continental road trip while we were visiting Mount Rushmore
- Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest – Purchased at Powell’s Book in Portland, OR
- Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Softly Book – Purchased at Powell’s Book in Portland, OR
- Cascade Babies! – Purchased at Crater Lake National Park
- Tallest Tree – Purchased at Redwood National Park
Do you have a family travel tradition? Let me know in the comments!