Road Trip Books“All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change.” And with this simple statement, the chain of events leading to Huck Finn’s trip down the Mississippi River begins.
However, if we’re settling down with a contemporary book, chances are that our travels aren’t going to happen on a river, but rather out on the open highway.
But what is a road trip novel? What makes one book a road tale and another a vacation story? Dictionary.com says a road trip is “a journey via automobile, sometimes unplanned or impromptu.” Well…yes and no. A road trip novel does not always need to be in a car (sometimes there’s walking, swimming, horse-riding, sailing, etc., involved). But it needs to be about a journey where the road provides both geographical and narrative structure.
Books about Road Trips (Read before you Go!)
Two of my favorite things in the world are books and road-trips! What could be better than a book about a road-trip?! Check it out and have a great trip! I just love Arthur. Mine are on a HUGE fact-book kick right now!
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Because they can only watch so many episodes of 'Nature Cat' on your iPad.
Summer is the time for road trips. Hearing these two simple words together could elicit a wide variety of emotions, ranging from wonderful memories in the car as a family to a bit of anxiety as you remember listening to your child scream for hours on end both extremes that I myself have experienced. Either way, reading books can set the stage for the fun and excitement that comes along with road trips and a few unexpected surprises thrown in for good measure. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. This is one of my favorite read-alouds because almost every child can relate to what it is like to either stay with relatives or have relatives staying in your house!
You watch the world from a window; listen to the steady hum of the radio until you reach static and a new station croaks in. In literature, stories on the road tend to exist in the dream-like space between past and future. These six middle grade stories are some of the best the road has to offer, so, as summer kicks in and you set off on your own cross country adventures, buckle up and enjoy the ride. Add to Bag. On the way, Sal shares the fascinating, funny, and outrageous story of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom. Drawing strength from the journey, the natural world, and her Native American ancestry, Sal is able to face her painful past and embrace her future.