What Every 12 Year Old Should See - My Family Travels

"101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!" by Joanne O’Sullivan (Lark Books) is a super fun, full-color kids book about places that the curious and young-at-heart would love to get a closer look at. 

Whether it’s the Teacher Lounge at school (and many ideas are local ones you can explore with no buget), or the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, or an old growth forest somewhere near home, there are many inspiring ideas.

Pages are filled with fun facts about different destinations, as well as trivia about generic attractions such as “A Big Cave.” Kids can read about Mammoth Cave in Kentucky (yes, it’s mammoth) but are also given a website to find out more about caves, and have a glossary of cavinb terms to review so they know the difference between a stalactite and an anthodite.

Besides reading, the guide includes stickers to paste across the fold-out map of North America, some blank journal pages, and a pocket for souvenirs such as tickets and leaves. The heavy-duty coated stock and durable binding also guarantee hours, if not years, of enjoyment.

The 250 photos are wonderful and the humorous presentation of ideas and factoids will keep the backseat crowd thumbing through this book for hours on end.

"101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!" is appropriate for ages 8+ or for younger kids with a reader on hand. Retail price: $8.95.

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