In just a few weeks we'll be taking our four small kids on a plane to California for a family reunion. After taking our three oldest on a 15-hour flight to Hong Kong a couple of years ago, this four-hour flight feels doable! But our kids are older now - which means a lot more questions. Since they don't remember much about their overseas adventure, I thought it would be good to prepare them for the flight by sharing some great books.
My First Trip on an Airplane - by Vic Parker This simple, informative book has big photographs about things that matter most to children. My kids had questions about the x-ray machine, the oxygen masks, and the airplane bathroom.
What Happens at an Airport? - by Amy Hutchings This book follows Carlos and his mother through their airport visit and take-off. Kids are introduced to many airport workers, such as the ticket agent, a baggage handler, flight attendant, and pilot.
A Day at the Airport - by Richard Scarry While this book won't tell kids what to expect during their flight, they'll enjoy the silly story and learn lots of great vocabulary: words like baggage handler, boarding gate, taxiing plane, and ground controller.
A Visit to the Airport - by Particia J. Murphy With giant photographs and just 1-2 sentences per page, this book is perfect for kids who are just learning to listen and ask questions.
Flight 1-2-3 - by Maria Van Lieshout This unique book shares all the sign symbols your child will see at the airport and labels each one with a word or two. Kids will learn which signs mean check-in desks, baggage claim, escalators, and more.
The Noisy Airplane Ride - by Mike Downs Some kids need to be prepared for the noises that will bombard their ears when they take their first flight. From the sound of the engines to the wheels bumping at the landing, I don't think this book leaves out a sound! The rhymes are fantastic: "The wheels bump on taxi out. Ground controllers choose your route. Throttles forward, engines roar. Down the runway, time to soar." A fantastic book.
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