Backseat Books

A backseat book is kind of like a coffee table book. It is usually pretty rugged (so it can withstand being flung about the car and also act as a handy snack tray). It is also sizeable with lots of great pictures. Most importantly it offers enough material to be looked at over and over again as your parents drive down seemingly endless roads (or in this case the entire length of Route 1). For our Having Fun on Route 1 trip we have acquired four new backseat books for our fun bags.

Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words by Lucy Cousins. She’s a little white mouse but for some reason Maisy is the apple of High Five’s eye. Plus all the kids love lifting the various flaps in this 64 page hard cover book.




Big Fat Little Lit by Art Spiegleman. Five Ball is an avid reader (just check out his bio) on the one condition that his books have at least some illustrations. Five String introduced him to graphic novels early on and they were a match made in heaven. Big Fat Little Lit is a great mix of comic strip and graphic novel providing endless images for Five Ball to study.




Disney’s Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters by M.L. Dunham. On our way back home after driving Route 1 we are going to make a stop at Disney World. This guide seemed like just the thing to get the kid’s excited about seeing their favorite Disney characters and introduce them to those that they are unfamiliar with.





Frogs Are Funny by Brandon T. Snider. As a whole The Fives are serious Muppet fans. However, High Five takes it to a whole new level. While this book will be enjoyed by us all it will be savored by High Five as he leafs through page after page yelling out the Muppet’s names. ANIMAL, ANIMAL, ANIMAL…


Does your family have any favorite Backseat Books?


4 thoughts on “Backseat Books

  1. We have an almost 6 year old who reads Mo Willems books to our almost 3 year old in the backseat of the car. Spoon and Chopsticks, both by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, are also pretty fun.

    • You have some great suggestions 🙂 We love Mo Willems (we check out Edwina and Knuffle Bunny at least monthly from our library) and have a few books in the Duck series by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. The Amy Krouse books are new to us, and we’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing your recommendations!

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