Buy local books

On longer trips, we usually make a pilgrimage to a locally-owned, independent bookstore to buy paperbacks.  The books are a great souvenir and they also enrich the whole experience.  We went a little crazy in Juneau at Hearthside Books: Pacific Northwest Legends, Facts about the Iditarod, an Alaskan adventure by local author Will Hobbs, a book of mammals and facts about them, and a beautiful story of a girl and a sled dog.Reading local books on the road is fun (and sometimes I read them too).  It gives the kids motivation and context for what they’re visiting as well as motivation and context for what they’re reading.

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