Chances are if you’re planning a road trip with the family one of your top priorities is finding ways to keep the kids occupied. Afterall, what parent wants to hear “are we there yet?” and “I’m bored” for eight hours straight?
While their electronic devices can be great time-wasters, for parents who want to limit their child’s screen time, paper-and-ink books can be a great option.
That’s why we’ve rounded up seven of the best kids books, aimed at kids seven to 13 years old. And if your child gets car sick, don’t worry. Many of the books we’ve selected are available as audio books.
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The Wings of Fire series. ($9.95 – $19.95 each)
by Tui T. Sutherland
Sitting just behind Harry Potter on the New York Times bestseller list for children's serials is the Wings Of Fire book series. The kids books follow a group of young dragons in a world where dragon tribes are warring and are suitable for girls and boys aged eight and up. These adventure books are perfect for a long drive as your child can get lost in a world of magic, devouring one book after the other. There are 10 books in the series so far, the first being The Dragonet Prophecy. You can buy a box set of the first five books here or access them as audiobooks via Audible.
Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase ($12.50)
By Peter Helliar
While we've been laughing away at his comedy shows and The Project one-liners, comedian Peter Helliar has been writing a kids book - Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase. Set to be the first in a series of adventure kids books, the story is aimed at children aged eight and up and follows Frankie, who has just discovered his Grandad has built a time machine and erased almost his entire family.
Nim's Island ($10.50)
By Wendy Orr
If this kids adventure book sounds familiar, it might be because it was turned into a film starring Abigail Breslin is 2008. It's a rollicking read perfect for seven to 10-year-olds about a girl who lives with her scientist dad on their own island, available here. Nim's Island is also available on audio book on platforms like Audible or here for $12.50.