Book Your Trip! – Stories of travel set in vacation destinations, journeys through time, or finding yourself on the other side of the world.

Hello, World! – Ashley Evanson
Each title in this board book series is set in a different part of the world and teaches basic concepts like numbers, sounds, days of the week, and colors thematically based on their setting!

Along the Tapajós – Fernando Vilela
Siblings Cauã and Inaê bring readers on an adventure through the Tapajós River in Brazil encountering creatures from the river, moving to higher ground in flooding season, and how they save their pet tortoise, Titi!

Oh My Gods! – Stephanie Cook
This fun, upper MG graphic novel explores Mt. Olympus Junior High through the eyes of Karen, an ordinary teenage girl from New Jersey after she is sent to live in Greece with her dad, Zed.
The Island of Dr. Libris – Chris Grabenstein
The Island of Dr. Libris is a literal island mysteriously connected to the bookshelf in a cabin protagonist Billy is staying in. He soon discovers that the characters in the books he reads come to life on the island- bringing about chaos for everyone involved and a quickly evolving problem only he can solve. 

Greenglass House – Kate Milford
Greenglass House is a cozy mystery for middle grade readers. It’s set in a super cool old smugglers inn in the fictional town of Nagspeake in the middle of Winter that curiously becomes very popular to some rather unusual visitors! 

Cities in Layers – Philip Steele
This unique picture book focuses on 6 cities from all over the world and with beautiful, bright illustrations, show how they exist now and cutouts to show which structures have stood throughout centuries.

Pashmina – Nidhi Chanani
Pashmina is a middle grade graphic novel about Priyanka Das, who finds her mother’s pashmina and is transported to India as it exists in films and myths. To find the truth about her family her mother has kept secret, Pri begins a journey to meet her family that takes her across continents and generations.

Princess in Black Takes a Vacation – Shannon Hale
Princess Magnolia decides to take a well-deserved vacation from secretly being Princess in Black and saving the kingdom from monsters and just when she’s about to put her feet up she hears a roar!

Imagination Vacation – Jami Gigot
This fun picture book features the vacations and day trips taken by a busy family with a great imagination!

Room to Dream – Kelly Yang
Kelly Yang’s Front Desk is loosely based on her own experiences as a first-generation American whose ambitious parents manage and live in a motel in southern California. In this Room to Dream, protagonist Mia and her family visit family in China and create life changing memories.
Love and Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch 
After losing her mom, Lina travels to Tuscany to get to know her dad, which begins a journey of retracing her mom’s footsteps in time (and food).

Darius the Great is Not Okay and Darius the Great Deserves Better – Adib Khorram
Darius is a loveable, nerdy, tea-obsessed, Persian-American teenager who is battling depression, bullying, and feeling disconnected from all the worlds he belongs to. When his grandfather in Iran becomes ill, Darius and his family’s visit has a life-changing impact. Though his sexuality isn’t explicitly discussed in the first book, many readers picked up on subtle messages that Darius was questioning, which was confirmed in the sequel- Darius the Great Deserves Better, as we meet Darius’ first boyfriend, Landon. Darius is as absolutely lovely and complicated as any person in your life, and every character feels just as real.
The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper
This is the love story of Cal and Leon, who are both “Astrokids”- the term affectionately adapted by the tabloids to describe the children of astronauts in a highly publicized mission to Mars.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn when the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting becomes Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop. Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo
A unique story based on a real-life event, Clap When You Land is about two girls from different countries who experience a shared trauma and discover they are connected in a way they never could have imagined. 

Love From A to Z – S.K. Ali
After being threatened by her islamaphobic teacher, Zayneb attempts to reflect and restart in Qatar where she meets Adam, who is reflecting on a complicated story of his own as they begin a fresh start together.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Patron Saints of Nothing is a coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks Jay Reguero, a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite
Sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite collaborated for this novel that catalogs a teenager’s volunteer service in Haiti through letters and diary entries as she learns far more about herself and her family than she had anticipated.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
After losing her mother to depression, Leigh is certain she has returned as a crane to encourage Leigh to uncover the history her mother wasn’t able to articulate in the depths of her depression. This book is brilliant in its use of language, art, and color and is an incredibly valuable perspective on mental health.

Summer Bird Blue – Akemi Dawn Bowman
Through the grief of losing her sister in a car accident, Rumi attempts to honor her memory and reconnect with her own sense of self through music and a change of scenery in Hawaii.
People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry
This story is told over summer vacations usually taken between best friends Poppy and Alex, whose relationship is complicated for reasons readers slowly understand as the story unfolds and they come to love each wonderfully complex and frustrating character on their own.

Leave the World Behind – Rumaan Alam
Amanda and Clay rent a house on Long Island for a relaxing family getaway from the city when a blackout encompasses the eastern coast and the owners attempt to seek refuge in their home. This immersive story has readers questioning character’s assumptions as well as their own.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
Imagine how different your life would be if you took a different path in college, if you never married, if you chose to live abroad- that’s just what the midnight library does in this fantasy novel by mental health advocate Matt Haig!
One Italian Summer – Rebecca Serle
Katy is mourning the loss of her best friend and mother, Carol and sets out to the Amalfi Coast for an adventure they had intended to take together. This story takes readers on a journey across the world and through time when Katy unexpectedly meets Carol- not as she knew her, but as a 30-something, presenting Katy with an adventure she had never known she needed.

Normal People – Sally Rooney
Normal People introduces readers to Connell and Marianne as teenagers and at different places in their lives as friends and partners in all the ways they have changed with their circumstances.

Where’d you Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
This is a quirky story about the daughter of an eccentric shut-in trying to piece together her mother’s whereabouts using the sporadic mail from her unexpected disappearance.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed
This award-winning memoir is a popular choice for book groups because of its themes of nature, American culture, and transformation. Wild chronicles Strayed’s ambitious (sometimes naive) adventure through the thousand plus mile Pacific Crest Trail after losing a parent, ending her marriage, and feeling desperate for a change. 

The Guest List – Lucy Foley
This story is told through the perspectives of the guests and hosts of a wealthy couple’s destination wedding on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. Each character is equally intriguing and offers insight into a series of scandals with a fatal end.

We Were Never Here – Andrea Bartz
This thriller begins on a backpacking trip with best friends Kristen and Emily when a shocking discovery sets the friends at odds and in disbelief that threatens their close friendship for years to come. 

The Guncle – Steven Rowley
The relationship between Patrick (Gay Uncle Patrick, GUP, and Gay Uncle, Guncle) and his beloved niece and nephew forms over vacations, as they live in Connecticut and he resides in sunny Palm Springs, but a new bond forms when unexpected circumstances bring them to his care and custody. Guncle is a funny, heartfelt story about family, love, and life.
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