It’s June 1st. That means we leave for Italy THIS MONTH. Tonight I’m sharing a list of Italy books: travel books and kids books we’ve been reading all the time. I am so excited and also getting really nervous: how on earth am I going to pack for 4 kids for a month? Have I planned enough? Have I planned too much?! Where are the passports??
Back to being excited… I am most excited because the kids are a lot more excited than I thought they would be. They love going on trips but I didn’t realize they were going to learn so much about Italy before we went. I started to teach the girls Italian and to my surprise, they were learning the language faster than I could teach, so they started Italian school. I started reading books about places we’d visit and while I thought they might get bored with the history, art etc… they loved it and wanted more books. Even the boys are practicing their “ciao” and love the books about Venice and all the boats.
So what have we been reading over the past 6 months?
Here’s a list of books that we have been reading on repeat, both the kids and what I have been reading. There are travel books, language books, fiction and non fiction. If you’re planning a trip to Italy or just want to add some books about Italy to your library, this is the list for you!
Kids Books About Italy:
It wasn’t easy finding books at first. You can find a few general books about Italy, but I was looking for more specific books on places we would be and some more historical fiction. Thanks to Instagram and following families that travel, I found some great books. For Florence, @catsgomarching (blog: Cats Go Marching) shared some books that were fast favorites in our house and exactly what I was looking for. For Venice, @wanderlust.crew (blog: Wanderlust Crew) shared a ton of awesome books in her post all about taking kids to Venice.
Speaking of Instagram: I found out that @tavaadventures makes her own travel products for kids. I ordered 2 of her passports (Rome and Florence) and they are AMAZING.
Ok books per location:
Italian Language & General Books
Let’s Cook Italian (gives each recipe in English and Italian) // Take me Back to Italy // The Toddler’s Handbook, Over 100 Words in Italian // Elmer Series // For MORE Italian books for kids, visit this post.
Best Italy Travel Books:
I know there’s a ton of travel info on the internet but I still think travel books are key to have. I like that you can find them by area, with yearly updates, etc. Also, it condenses the millions of webpages into one. Sometimes if I find something in a travel book and I want more info on it, I head to Tripadvisor or Google to see if any bloggers have written about it. My favorite travel books are Eyewitness Travel. They have been forever. This time, traveling with the kids, I was happy to find Italy travel books geared towards families and even some cool books for kids. Here’s what we have:
And for a travel activity, Children Just Like Me Ultimate Sticker Book
My Favorite Books about Italy:
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