3 Great ideas for a children’s literary book tour this summer.


Duke and Daisy are packing their travel bags for their suggestions to take your kids on a literary road trip this summer. They believe in Saint Augustine’s quote.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine

They’re packing their suitcases with children’s novels and picture books that become real-world adventures to visit the children’s literature-centered destinations throughout New England.


Duke and Daisy  say, “Grab some snacks for the drive, the GPS, and your library card (and set out for a kid lit road trip.)”

Why not start with Herman Melville’s seafaring tale Moby Dick by visiting Arrowhead in Pittsfield, MA.

What to do before you go to get your children excited about Moby Dick. Read the book and watch a movie. Help the kids enjoy Moby Dick and start with Martin Chilton’s  TheEasyWayToReadMobyDick  published in The Telegraph.

Now, plan your trip to Arrowhead, Melville’s home, and the place where he wrote Moby Dick; please visit for your Arrowhead visit Moby Dick.


Travel on to visit Dr. Seuss land where he’ll tell you that: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

What to do before you revisit or meet Dr. Seuss for the first time, take a look at the helpful reading information on Seuss Books published on the blog, Best books for kids.

The next journey is on to Springfield, MA, to visit Dr. Seuss’s National Memorial. Dr. Seuss’s characters will greet you with warmth and adventure. This is where you can look Lorax in the eyes, put your arm around the Grinch, and tell Sam I Am what you really think of his green eggs and ham. Check out the details for your visit to Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Before your visit, either reread or read his best-known work. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and you might share some creative projects in the post “Inspired by the Wonderful World of Eric Carle’s Book” on Kids World.

Next, take a drawing pad and pens to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and discover where Eric Carle created a place to inspire the love of art and reading through picture books. (By the way, adults love picture books as much as the very young reader.) For details on the Eric Carle Museum, visit CarleMuseum.


This literary stop is worth your time, where you’ll visit The Rye Center developed by the illustrious authors of the Curious George series. The center’s mission is the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and participation in art, science, and nature through programs for youth, adults, and families.

Before your visit, grab your library card and check out some Curious George books and spend some time with children with the help of the curiousgeorge parents’ resource. It’s a wonderland of Curious George’s stories and activities.

Next, get ready for a day of discovering Reys’s fascination with art, science, and nature. For details on The Rey Center, visit TheRyeCenter.

J. A. Kundert

Judy (J.A.) Kundert an awarding winning author of middle-grade fiction and non-fiction books. She is a graduate of Loyola University and earned her Master of Arts Degree from DePaul University and the University of Denver.

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