Literary Field Trips
by Barbara Bietz – Children's Book Reviews
In the final weeks of summer, kids grow restless. Why not plan a field trip that encourages reading? There are lots of fun places throughout the country, and here are a few to put on your list.
If you are lucky enough to live within driving distance of one of these destinations spots, pack up the kids, a few snacks, and go! If not, can you find an interesting destination in your town? Send me your ideas to BarbaraBietz@aol.com and I will share the list with Families Online Magazine readers.
Orchard House – Home of the Alcotts
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been read and loved for generations. The author, Louisa May Alcott wrote the classic story of the beloved sisters in her family home in Concord, Massachusetts. The tour of the house brings the book to life! Learn about the real stories that inspired the book, and see the tiny desk where Louisa May spent many hours writing the novel. Check out the web site for details about visiting the Orchard House and special events in August. http://www.louisamayalcott.org
Little House on the Prairie Museum
You can imagine a pigtailed Laura Ingalls running through the grass in a setting perfectly described in the Little House on the Pairie books. The museum is located in Independence, Kansas on the actually site of the Ingalls property. Visitors take a trip back in time to see what life was like for the Ingalls family and so many hard working families who settledin the wide open prairie. If your young readers have not read the whole series of books, the will after this trip! For more information visit
The National Steinbeck Center
The National Steinbeck Center is located in Salinas, California. The center offers “Steinbeck’s world through interactive, multi-sensory exhibits for all ages, rare artifacts and seven themed theaters showcasing East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and much more .” Be sure to visit the web site to plan your trip at www.steinbeck.org. If you have time, don’t miss lunch at the Steinbeck House. Steinbeck’s childhood home is now a charming restaurant. Learn more at www.steinbeckhouse.com
If you want to go on a literary field trip you will find many terrific places to visit. Don’t be surprised if your kids spend the rest of the summer reading!
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