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Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Lately Lily Travel-Centered Books from Micah Player

The Children’s Book Review | July 19, 2014

The Lately Lily books and activity sets, bought together or separately, are beautifully designed items that not only tell an interesting story about travel and adventure, but also encourage children to be storytellers and chroniclers themselves. Together or separately, the Lately Lily travel-centered books, cards, and activities—written and artfully designed by Micah Player—are a great way to look forward to a trip, to enjoy it along the way, and to reflect on it once everyone is back home.

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling GirlLately Lily: The Adventures of a Traveling Girl

By Micah Player

Age Range: 3-5 years

Hardcover: 32 Pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 25, 2014)

What to expect: Travel, Adventure, Great Illustrations

The Adventures of a Traveling Girl tells the story of Lily, who travels constantly with her parents and stuffed animal Zeborah. We see Lily at airports, in trains, and hopping in and out of cabs; riding camels, floating in an air balloon, taking photographs, going to museums, and trying exotic food. The book doesn’t tell the story of a single trip, but of travel itself: the adventure of going to new places, making new friends, and learning many new things.

One of the unique features of the book is that it encourages children to be like Lily and chronicle their own trips, through taking photographs, drawing pictures, writing letters, and keeping a journal and scrapbook of their adventures. This is a great feature that fashions children into curators and creators of their own travel impressions and memories. 

“Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl” Illustration copyright ©, 2014, Micah Player

“Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl” Illustration copyright ©, 2014, Micah Player

Lately Lily Sunny Yellow Suitcase From Chronicle BooksLately Lily: Sunny Yellow Suitcase

By Micah Player

Age Range: 6 and up

Games, Activities, Stickers: 48 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 25, 2014)

What to expect: Great for keeping kids entertained on airplanes

The Sunny Yellow Suitcase encourages the process of fashioning children into curators and creators by providing colorful luggage tags for children to put on their own luggage, stickers, a set of two-dozen activity cards, and a charming Lately Lily Passport that serves as a journal and scrapbook. The Activity Cards encourage exploration, each one focused on some particular aspect of traveling. One card suggests taking pictures and turning them into a collage, another asks children to chronicle the new foods they’ve tried, while another suggests they design a t-shirt inspired by their trip. The Travel Passport localizes all this reflection and takes it to the next level with a series of writing, drawing, and photography prompts aimed at getting children to chronicle their trip in fun, imaginative, and thoughtful ways.

Activity Set Lately Lily Sunny Yellow Suitcase From Chronicle Books

Lately Lily ABC Travel Flash Cards By Micah PlayerLately Lily: Travel Flash Cards

By Micah Player

Age Range: 3 and up

Cards: 26 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 25, 2014)

What to expect: Fun ABC flashcards, where the word for each letter relates to travel

Finally, the Travel Flash Cards are a great way to build travel-specific vocabulary, and to fill downtime on planes and trains with a fun activity. As it says on the back of the box, the cards are so beautifully illustrated they can even be used to decorate a child’s room after the trip.

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Lately Lily ABC Travel Flash Cards

For more gorgeous books on the theme of travel or more books by Micah Player, follow along with our Micah Player Books tag and our Kids Travel Books category.

Trevor Laurence Jockims lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. He has reviewed books for The Times Literary Supplement, Book Forum, The Believer, and elsewhere. He completed a PhD in Comparative Literature, and teaches writing at New York University.

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