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Traveler, mom, and sometimes Red Tricycle contributor Sarah Franklin put together a book that we think everyone needs to read for inspiration before departing on summer vacation with the kiddos. How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel: and Other Misadventures Traveling with Kids (Seal Press/May 2008/$15.95) tracks the travel tales of thirty-six women and their little ones around the world. From Disney Land to Europe to Graceland, How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel is full of cringe-worthy moments–lugging a toddler’s entire wardrobe to Brussels–and laugh-out-loud mishaps–just what do twin toddlers get up to on a thirty-nine foot sailboat? Whatever you’re going through aboard planes, trains, and automobiles, you’ve found a great read that will let you know we’re all in this together.

108_2No big travel plans this summer? We’ve also discovered a book that’s all about how to fill your baby-raising everyday lives with fun. Self-professed “geeky girls” and minds behind rookiemoms.com, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss compiled The Rookie Mom’s Handbook: 250 Activities to Do with (and Without!) your Baby, based on their popular website content (our go-to guide during Baby’s first months). The book is filled with playful and useful tidbits (sized so that new moms can read them during, say, a 3:00 am feeding) for what do to with little ones from zero to twelve months. We love the guide’s focus on maintaining your womanhood once you’ve entered motherhood. Should be required reading for all PEPS/new moms groups.

How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel: and Other Misadventures Traveling with Kids
Seal Press/May 2008/$15.95

The Rookie Mom’s Handbook: 250 Activities to Do with (and Without!) your Baby
Quirk Books/May 2008/$14.95

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