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Family Travel Guidebooks

Around [Country]… with Kids series. Fodor's. Easily-carried mini-books cover things to do in each city. Nearby eats and cautions for parents round out well-written info on sites.

Europe Through the Back Door by Rick Steves (Avalon Travel Publishing). Great book that stresses people as much as places. Buy it. www.ricksteves.com. (Web Editor’s Note: check out Rick’s Travel Advice for Vagabond Parents.) To purchase the book, go to Rick Steves' bookstore on his website.

Eyewitness Travel Guides. (Dorling Kindersley). Wonderfully illustrated European guidebooks, with maps, cutaways, and photos, covering countries, cities, and regions.

Italy and Great Britain Discovery Journal by P.L. Byrne. This 164-page book is not available in stores. You pay $8.99 and download PDF files from www.kidseurope.com. Do it, if you’re headed to Italy or Great Britain. These books are filled with activities and ideas that will help kids truly interact with and think about language and culture.

Italy for Kids by Barbara and Michael Pape (Open Road Publishing). Real parent-tried advice with sections for Rome, Venice, Verona, Tuscany, Naples & Amalfi, and Milan & Lakes Region.

Kidookid! A Bilingual Family Magazine and Guide to Life with Kids on the Cote d'Azur. Child friendly restaurants, the insider information on the tourist attractions, accommodation for families.Contact: contact@kidookid.com, www.kidookid.com.

The Packing Book: Secrets of the Carry-on Traveler by Judith Gilford (Ten Speed Press). Has sections devoted to traveling with babies, kids and teens plus lots of other useful information. Reader recommendation.

Paris for Families by Larry and Michael Lain (Interlink Publishing Group). Comprehensive; even includes info on short-term apartments and sample letters in French to help you book.

Paris with Kids by Valerie Gwinner (Open Road). A fresh spin on Paris, with all the usual sights, some offbeat ideas, and very useful “side dishes” of kid-friendly restaurants, restrooms, and parks.

Rick Steves' Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw (Avalon Travel Publishing). Unstuffy history helps kids (and parents!) better understand how different historic events relate to each other.

Take the Kids series. Cadogan Guides. Includes Amsterdam, England, London, Paris, Ireland, South of France, and Short Breaks from London.