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Oh the Places You’ll Go (@ the Library!)

June 25th, 2015

By Jill Griffith

Reading gives us a place to go even if we have to stay where we are.  Can’t get away this summer?  Sure you can!  You and your children can travel to all sorts of places together courtesy of our free children’s library memberships and Red Deer Public Library!  

Here are some of our favourite vacation stories to make summer memories with your children.  Need more destinations?  Search “Vacations – Juvenile fiction” in our Bibliocommons catalogue for more titles to take you far and wide this summer.  When you visit the library, pick up either a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” package for your birth to kindergarten-age child, and / or a “TD Summer Reading Club” package for children ages 3 and up.  Then not only will you do more reading as a family this summer, but you will also have a lasting record of your child’s reading destinations as they grow.  The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.  Get started!

Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins

Given a camera that takes and prints tiny pictures just before leaving for the family farm in Canada, a young girl records a vacation that gets off to a slow start, but winds up being a family reunion filled with good memories.

See You Next Year by Andrew Larsen

Every summer, a girl’s family drives down the same roads, passes through the same towns, and spends a week at the same beachside motel. Year after year, everything is comfortingly predictable: the families they see, the rhythm of the days, the stars, the bonfires, and even the pattern the tractor makes as it rakes the sand on their beach.

Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London

Froggy can't wait to get to Hawaii. He's got big plans! Surfing, swimming with the fish, learning to dance the hula -he'll be busy every moment. But somehow, when lovable, trouble-prone Froggy's around, nothing goes as planned.

Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer

On a family vacation in Venice, Olivia indulges in gelato, rides in a gondola, and finds the perfect souvenir.

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

Penguin is tired of the snow and cold-so he decides to visit the beach! But when his favorite activities like skiing and skating don't work so well on sand, can a new friend help Penguin learn how to have fun in the sun? Seasoned illustrator Salina Yoon's charming text and bright, energetic illustrations ensure that readers will be clamoring for more Penguin stories-wherever they make their home!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns--with everything from a fender bender to crazed seagulls--but even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure, and this is one the Heffleys will not soon forget

The Stinky Cheese Vacation by Geronimo Stilton

Each Geronimo Stilton book is fast-paced, with lively full-color art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love. I, Geronimo Stilton, was finishing up work one evening when I opened a letter from Uncle Stingysnout. He needed to see me immediately! I headed straight to Penny Pincher Castle for what I thought would be a nice visit . . . but my uncle put me straight to work. Moldy mozzarella, what a terrible vacation!

Escape to California by Josh Greenhut 

There's no place on Earth a flat kid can't go! The Lambchops are on a family vacation to San Francisco, California. But when Stanley saves a girl from barreling down one of San Francisco's famously steep hills, he's shocked to find that she's actually been looking for him. The girl, Lily, is trying to perform an amazing trick that no one has ever done before--escaping from Alcatraz prison--and she needs Stanley's help! Can the famous flat boy lend a hand to pull off this tricky stunt?

Amelia Bedelia Road Trip! by Herman Parish

Fun and fiascoes ensue when young Amelia Bedelia and her parents take a road trip through their state.

The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Vacation by Delphine Perret

The BIG BAD WOLF is back--and funnier (but not scarier) than ever! Doesn't a wolf deserve a vacation, too? Bernard, the clever, cookie-munching hero of Delphine Perret's award-winning book, certainly thinks so. So when he learns that his pal Louis is vacationing by the sea with his grandpa, Bernard wants to go too. Soon they're off on a wacky road trip that ends with the perfect day on the beach

Jill Griffith is the Youth Services Manager at the Downtown Branch, Red Deer Public Library.  For more information about their programs and services, visit

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