Family Trip Essentials: Rick Riordan Books

The Lightning Thief book cover by Rick Riordan Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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Mythology Makes the Grade

Child reading Rick Riordan book in airport lounge before flight
  • What: Rick Riordan Books
  • When: Going on family trips
  • Why: Engrossing, multiple books in series, educational
  • Where: Amazon

Each day we highlight one item we used extensively during our trip, from entertainment to necessities like food and water. Our three kids, at ages 11, 9, and 7, now pack their own travel entertainment bags and their clothes as well. Some items, therefore, were chosen entirely by the kids, while some we packed to make our lives easier.

My kids will read anything written by Rick Riordan. They started with Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief and haven’t looked back. These series of books feature the various gods of mythology along with their half-blood offspring, combining modern day trials and tribulations set against a backdrop of dueling mythical deities. My oldest son was reading the latest installment in the Magnus Chase series, and could hardly put it down long enough to eat or sleep. So despite the large size, he packed it for our big trip and took it with him.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Paperback Set on Amazon

Unlike some of their other travel choices, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, this tome of a novel doesn’t usually get read multiple times in a row. On the plus side, the big book will keep them busy reading for hours on end, unlike the graphic novel quick reads. These Rick Riordan selections have too much heft for my seven year old, though he loves to listen to them on his MP3 player as well.

If your child hasn’t yet been on the epic journey with Rick Riordan, your upcoming trip might be just the time to introduce them to these fantastic series.

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