With the busy holiday travel season upon us, there will be many of you who will be tackling the airports with your families soon. It’s always a good idea to prepare kids for big events like airplane travel. When flying, there are new sounds, rules, experiences, and expectations. One of the best ways to prepare kids is through books. Here are my favorite books for preparing kids for airplane travel.
Everything Goes: In the Air: My three year old loves this book, and it’s guaranteed to keep kids busy for ages! It follows a family as they arrive at the airport, get their tickets, go through security, find their gate, get to their seats, and take off. Along the way, the child asks questions about different types of airplanes. There is also a really fun seek and find aspect to this book, and every page is full of funny characters that kids will love. Your child will find something new every time they open this book and it will keep them engaged for hours!
A Day at an Airport: This is another book full of scenes and fun things to find. This book tells the story of a typical day at the gate of busy airport. The reader will see all types of travelers get on and off airplanes, see the ground crew work on the airplanes, and the happenings inside the terminal too. Each page challenges the reader to find different characters and scenarios. This is another book that will keep your child engaged for hours! Airport: This is a book by the amazing Byron Barton. This is a good book choice for younger children because it’s simple with big pictures. Like all of Byron Barton’s books, it’s engaging and interesting for most children. It goes through how an airplane is prepared for travel and all the different parts of the plane. It goes step by step what happens at the airport, but does not cover airport security. The Noisy Airplane Ride: This book focuses on the sounds and sights of an airplane ride. I love it because it talks about parts of the airplane ride that aren’t mentioned in other books. From the “Whirrr” of the wings flaps, to the “whoosh” of the air, it covers all the sounds that a passenger will hear along the flight. Five Trucks: My truck and car loving boy really likes this book a lot. Instead of focusing on the airport and plane, this book talks about the trucks found around the terminal that prep the aircraft for departure. After your kids read this book, they will be able to know what each of the trucks outside the airplane do. For more help with traveling with kids, check out these great posts! 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids – Great Fun 4 Kids Air Travel for Kids Made Simple – Super Glue Mom Tips for Surviving Airplane Travel with Kids – Make Something Daily My Top Six Tips for Traveling with Kids Five and Under – Long Miles Coffee Project