Arizona is full of family-friendly educational spots to visit this summer: The Grand Canyon. The White Mountains. Saguaro National Park.
Why not let the kids do some investigating and decide where the family should travel in Arizona?
"Awesome Arizona Places for Curious Kids," created by husband-and-wife team Diane Liggett and James Mack of Sierra Vista, is a kids’ book describing 20 of the state’s most interesting destinations.
It includes chapters on places like Kartchner Caverns State Park, Meteor Crater and Verde Valley. Each presents historic and scientific information in kidfriendly terms.
"Part of the concept of the book is provide young readers with enough information about family adventure destinations that they can serve as the expert when they arrive," says Mack.
He and Liggett hope kids use the information they’ve gathered to supplement what their families see and do at these locations.
"We picked the places we felt were the most authentic, natural, cultural and historical destinations," says Liggett. "They are the most significant places either nationally or the most significant in the state and the most awe-inspiring."
Here are some other books sure to pique a kid’s interest this summer:
"The World Almanac for Kids" (World Almanac Books, $11.95): The book’s 336 color pages of pictures and facts will keep kids interested in current events all summer long. They can read up on everyone from Nelson Mandela to the Olsen twins, holy places, kid inventors and disasters. There are also quizzes and games to keep young readers learning.
"Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal" by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson and Deborah Reber (Health Communications, $12.95): This installment of the popular series includes stories told in teen-friendly terms. Entries tackle tough issues like depression, love and loneliness, and the fun times associated with school. It’s full of quizzes, advice and facts.
"The Girl’s Guide to Surfing" by Andrea McCloud (Chronicle Books, $12.95): So there’s no ocean in the East Valley. All the more reason to start surfing lessons with this book before heading for the coast on vacation. Includes stories from the pros, surfing tips and etiquette guidelines for the new girl on the board.
"The Belly Button Book" by Sandra Boyton (Workman, $6.95): Little kids can sharpen reading skills while learning about a herd of hippos devoted to contemplating their navels. Fun, easy to read and small enough to tote around, this book is perfect for families on the go.
"Awesome Arizona Places for Curious Kids" by Diane T. Liggett and James A. Mack (Westcliffe, $16.95) can be found at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores.