Summer vacation is drawing near and many families are planning and preparing for road trips. Whether you are ranging near or far this vacation season, here are a few books stock the car.  No matter where you are headed, the library is also well-stocked with travel guides to the United States and beyond.

The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan

Spend hours poring over these colorful fact-filled maps of the United States. Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of our nation. Explore  thousands of locations and achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today.

Go,Go America by Dan Yaccarino

Travel state-to-state learning with this collection of odd facts, festivals, and laws, about the states of the United States. You’d learn such important facts as Utah is number one in rubber chicken manufacturing and it is against the law to use canned corn as fishing bait in Oregon.

On-the-Go Gun for Kids!: more than 250 activities to keep little ones busy and happy--anytime, anywhere! by Amanda Morin.

Keep peace in the car with ideas for 100 entertaining and engrossing activities, including scavenger hunts, word puzzles and imaginative play to keep children  entertained in the car and on the go.

Rise Again Songbook-  Peter Blood and Annie Patterson

Pass the miles away singing together in the car. From the folks that brought you the ‘Rise Up Singing’ group song book, here is a new collection of nearly 1200 songs. There is something for everyone in this collection. This is an indispensable sing along guide for parents, teachers, camp counselors, youth groups and more.

Don’t forget- audio books make great traveling companions. Listening to stories together as a family opens discussions and builds memories. Not to mention, audio books count toward summer reading minutes. Pick some up at your local library or download some from the library for free using your library card. 

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