This post is done in partnership with the author (Stephany Salazar Nelson).
“Lovely Amelia Travels (Costa Rica)” by Stephany Salazar Nelson and Michelle Baron
Does the word “travel” get you excited like it does me? I have always loved any opportunity that I get to travel and I have treasured every experience I have gained in new places. The world is such a beautiful and fascinating place that is full to the brim with adventures and diversity. I have a strong desire to share as much of the world with my kids as possible and I want them to learn as much as they can about other cultures.
However, with my children being as young as they are and our current budget paired with travel expenses being what it is, it simply isn’t realistic for us to take them on a world tour. That doesn’t discourage me though because it doesn’t mean that they can’t learn about or “experience” other cultures. They can try new, foreign cuisine, we can have our own little celebrations at home inspired by other cultural traditions, and so much more! In fact, one of my favorite ways to introduce new cultures to my kids is through books.
That is why I was excited to learn about “Lovely Amelia Travels”. It is the first in an upcoming series about a young girl named Amelia who travels to various locations around the globe. She does her travels with her parents and takes along her journal to record her experience. (Most of the book is written through her “journal entries”.) I love that she travels with her parents because I love the wonderful example of a loving family that the book portrays. I love that she takes along her journal and that kids get to read her entries because it feels more relatable to children and is great for encouraging them to write in journals of their own.
In this particular book the location is Costa Rica and it is full of wonderful information as well as experiences. Amelia shares her time spent and enjoyed in regional activities with locals (such as soccer and dancing) as well as having experiences with the natural wonders of Costa Rica. All the illustrations are lovely and Amelia seems like the type of girl that every young child would want to be friends with. It is also a definite bonus that on many pages there is a fact included about the experience mentioned on that page spread. We are excited to see where Amelia goes next and it is definitely a book worth looking up for your curious little explorers.