I’m on the road, moving with my kids from Minnesota to Massachusetts. The journey will take about a week. Our ultimate goal is to be in the Bay State by the Fourth of July.
In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about great books for trips. Here are a few that immediately come to mind:
Stringbean’s Trip to the Shining Sea by Vera B. and Jennifer Williams is an exuberant look at a road trip. The story’s told in postcards. Does that make the book too old-fashioned? Not at all. It makes me want to make and send my own postcards!
The Train of States by Peter Sis isn’t so much about the act of traveling as it is about discovery. Sis shows an immigrant’s fascination with all things new in this celebration of the fifty American states. It’s mostly visual, and all-in-all a treat.
Loretta Ellsworth’s In Search of Mockingbird is both a travel novel and a quest story. Erin is searching for a connection with her dead mother—and she does so by taking a long bus trip from Minnesota to Monroeville, Alabama, home of Harper Lee, the elusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was Erin’s mom’s favorite. If she can just meet Harper Lee, will Erin come closer to knowing her mom?
Finally, As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins is my favorite book for older readers about a trip that goes wrong and then right, with lots of bumps and detours and hairpin turns along the way.
What if you were headed in one direction and got suddenly, royally, sidetracked? Well, if you’re a Lynne Rae Perkins hero, like 16-year-old Ry, you’ll go with the flow. And the trip will be a delight.