When Harrison was 16-months old, we took a family trip to San Diego, and spent an amazing day at San Diego Zoo. While we there, of course Harrison spotted a gift shop, and begged until we went in ‘just to look’ (yeah right!) We didn’t want to buy a stuffed animal because we didn’t have much room in our suitcases, and he really did not need any more toys, so we directed him to the bookshelves.
He selected Good Night San Diego, and we probably read this book about 50 times over the next few days, and on the plane back to Orlando; both he and I loved it, and as soon as we got home, I started looking for more Good Night books. Since then we’ve bought these books all over the world, and we have more than 30 of them in our collection; if you read my posts you’ll see how often I recommend them!
There are so many reasons we love these books, and I’m so excited to partner with Good Night books to show you why I think you and your kids will love them too!
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We’ve come about our Good Night books in a variety of ways over the years, and they’ve become not only a great gift for family and friends to get the kids for birthdays and Christmas (I always recommend these as Christmas gifts for families who travel), but a really fun thing to look out for when we travel.
I always try not to allow my kids to come back from our trips with too many souvenirs, but at the same time I do want something for them to remember the trip by. Books are a great souvenir; they don’t take up too much space in the suitcase, they act as entertainment on the plane or car trip home, and they allow kids to remember the fun things they’ve done in the various places they’ve visited.
We’ve found our books in some really cool places over the years; Good Night Dinosaur came from the Jurassic Park section of Universal Studios Orlando, Good Night Ocean came from the Florida Aquarium, Good Night New York City came from a little book store in Downtown Manhattan, and Good Night Dump Truck came from Diggerland in England!
We love looking out for these books in the places we visit, it’s become a travel tradition for us, and we rarely come home from a trip without one.
The Good Night books fall into a variety of sections: Universal (like Good Night Ocean), Local USA (like Good Night Miami), and International (Good Night London), as well as Count to Sleep titles and titles in Spanish.
One of the things I’ve started doing as we expand our travels is to buy one of these books before we travel to a new location. The books contain images of a lot of the most popular tourist spots in that particular destination, and it’s fun to be able to show the kids places we might visit; it helps get them excited for the trip, as well as relieving some anxiety they might have about traveling to a new and unfamiliar place. It also helps me put together an itinerary for the trip with some sights kids would love to visit!
My 5-year old Harrison has just started reading, and these books are easy for kids to read (they’re also thankfully not too long, music to the ears of any parents with kids just starting out learning to read!)
They’ve become bed time favorites; one of his latest obsessions is planes and we’ve read Good Night Planes for the last three nights in a row! We’re also reading Good Night Miami and Good Night San Francisco for our upcoming trips this year.
If you’re looking for a gift for kids who love to travel, or for someone going on a trip somewhere, these books are a firm family favorite, and I can’t recommend them enough! We’ll continue to add to our collection as my kids grow older, and I’m so excited to pick up new ones for the other trips we have planned this year. You can find out more at Good Night books official website, where you can browse titles and find a list of retailers. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Good Night books, and three books were gifted to us in exchange for a review. As always all opinions are my own, and if you know this blog well, you’ll know how much we’ve loved these books for years!