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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Are We Almost There Yet? Books for Car Trips

Have a vacation planned for the summer? Those car and airplane trips can feel reaaal long if you don't have plenty to keep your little ones occupied. I've pulled together a few of our no-fail entertainment book and toy recommendations for those desperate no-you-can't-play-any-more-games-on-my-iTouch moments. Mazescapes by Roxie Munro not only features a maze of streets on each page for the reader to navigate, but also hours of fun searching out the same car amid all the traffic, playing the "ABC Travel Game" or any of the many other games hidden in the pages of this book. Round Trip by Ann Jonas is not only great the first time you read it, but also the  second time around! The unique black-and-white illustrations tell the story of a road trip from the country to the city, but flip it upside down and read it backwards and it tells you about the journey back home. Both you and the kids will be in awe of how the illustrations manage to work so smoothly to be read both upside down and right-side-up! Chances are you probably remember Richard Scarry's Cars and Truck and Things That Go from your own childhood. This book is chock full of funny illustrations and lots of mini storylines to follow, making it one of those read-it-over-and-over books. See how many of these cars and trucks you can spot on your own road trip. The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller is a wordless picture book told in sequences of cartoon-like illustrations. This book is a hit with the 3-6 year old crowd because no one needs to read it to them, but entertaining and fantastical enough to keep their attention. Which, of course, makes it a hit with the tired, jet-lagged parents too. This last recommendation came from a customer just today who told me that these Eric Carle Animal Lacing Cards kept their kids busy in the backseat for 3 hours straight. Can't get a better recommendation than that! I bet you have some favorite books and games to keep your kids entertained on long car rides. Share them with our readers in the comments below!

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