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Adventure books for kids – bed time stories to share

Do your little travellers enjoy snuggling up for a story before bedtime? I love the idea that the last thing they read with you could send them off to sleep with a head full of adventures. Here’s six adventure books for kids to inspire those wanderlust dreams, including some of our favourites and others that are new on our book shelf.

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6 books for adventurous kids

Some of these adventure books for kids have been around a while and others are brand new. We have also been sent some to review.

Scroll to the bottom of this post and you can enter my giveaway to win a bundle of some of these books for the young adventures in your family.

If you have older children you might also like to check out these books for 8-year-olds with wanderlust.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

The snail and the whale book cover

We just love Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books and this one comes with a great adventure.

The tiny snail is fearless as it sets off across the seas with its friend the whale. And when they return they inspire their other snails to join them exploring the world.


I Saw It First…in Salcombe by Julia Craig

I saw it first book cover

This book is inspired by one of our favourite South Devon towns, Salcombe, and the gorgeous little ferry that takes people between the harbour and beautiful South Sands Beach.

The plot is set around a family holiday and gives you lovely insights into what there is to see from the busy little South Sands Ferry as well as a heartwarming ending.


The Traveling Toddler: The Day Beary Went Missing by R.N Boumah

The traveling toddler book cover

Any family with a special teddy will relate to this tale. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been left with sweaty palms and the fear that we have misplaced our own VIP bunny on our travels.

Young adventurer Justyn loses his teddy on a trip to Hungary, but will he find his favoured toy again? Find out while taking a trip around Simontornya.

This is the latest book in the Traveling Toddler series about the real life adventures of Justyn and his Momma around the world. My girls love it and even more so that it’s based on a a real life adventure.


The Flying Adventures of Two Penguins by Peter Hayward

The flying adventures of two penguins book cover

This beautifully illustrated story is about a pair of plucky Antarctic birds who won’t let evolution stand in the way of a great adventure.

They are inventive, fearless and, incredibly, not flightless.

The author has left the story wide open for a sequel. And with a donation from each book sale going to the Parkinson’s UK we can wait to find out what Pen and Gwyn have planned next.


A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino 

A walk in Paris book cover

This has to be one of my favourite adventure books for kids when it comes to fun facts. A Walk in Paris is a charming account of a grandfather and granddaughter’s day in Paris is beautifully put together with plenty of facts to intrigue young travellers and leave them itching to travel to Paris. 


Paddington and the Grand Tour by Michael Bond

Paddington and the grand tour book cover

Every time I pass through Paddington Station in London I pick up a book at the Paddington Bear gift shop. This plucky bear is a legend in our house.

Anyone with an ambition to explore London or a passion for the English capital will love reading Paddington and the Grand Tour with their kids. In this characteristically tall tale, Paddington unexpectedly finds himself acting as a tour guide and takes a group of tourists on a sightseeing trip like no other.


Giveaway CLOSED: win a bundle of adventure books for kids worth £40

5 Adventure books for kids

Would you like to win a bundle of books including five of these fab tales? I’m giving away new paperback copies of the following stories:

  • The Snail and the Whale (Winter edition)
  • Paddington and the Grand Tour
  • A Walk in Paris
  • The Traveling Toddler: The Day Beary Went Missing
  • The Flying Adventures of Two Penguins

The combined RRP is £40. The closing date for this giveaway is midnight (23.59pm) on Wednesday 4 November, 2020. 

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