Travelling by air for the first time can be an exciting experience as well as scary! The crowds, the loud sounds, the lines, the sight of so many airplanes, motion sickness, ear aches owing to air pressure, not being able to move around, etc etc can be quite daunting for both parents and kids. Quite often we get a query for first time air-travel. Here are some books that explain what happens at the airport and some on the actual flight!
Sharing a list of books recommended by our members that have helped them.
Busy Airport – Busy Books – push, pull, slide Campbell book – it’s part of the BUSY BOOKS series which is very popular with young toddlers
Richard Scarry’s: Busy Busy Airport – this is a bestseller and this book keeps kids engaged for hours even at home!
For 2 – 5 years
Amazing Airplanes (part of Tony Mitton’s Amazing Machines series)
Amardeep recommends – Little World: At the Airport – A great push pull slide book that takes the child through check in, security, boarding, wearing seat belt etc.
First Experiences: Going on a Plane (3 – 4 years)
Topsy And Tim Go On An Aeroplane (3 – 5 years). Asha highly recommends this series. In her words, “Topsy and Tim books talk about first experiences with these twins. They have very positive messages that creates a positive impact on the child reader. When my daughter was a smallie she loved this series.”
Amardeep has this book. Quoting her,
Suffering from motion sickness, my 4 year old dreads plane rides (or any travel for that matter). Topsy and Tim Go on An Aeroplane came as a blessing into our lives. The book in itself is a very simple read, taking the child through the process of checking in at the airport, buckling in their seats, taking off and landing. However, all of this is narrated so well through the eyes of the twins that children relate it to it well. It got my 4 year old excited for our upcoming plane ride. He made a makeshift plane with chairs and table at home, and pretended to be a pilot asking all of us to wear our seat belts – safety first! During the plane ride, he kept associating every step with the book, and that distracted him from his fear of flying and feeling sick. I think Topsy and Tim books are must haves for all toddlers.
Maisy Goes by Plane (3 – 5 years)
Richard Scarry’s: A Day at the Airport (3 – 7 years)
For 4 – 7 years
Usborne Look Inside an Airport (3 – 6 years) Amardeep has this one and says, “We love it. Lots of flaps and very engaging.”
My First Airplane Ride (5 – 6 years)
Zoey’s First Plane Ride (6 – 9 years)
My Planes Activity and Sticker Book (3 – 7 years)
My Plane Trip – Dover Coloring Books (4 – 6 years)
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