World Search: Amazing Jobs, Incredible Animals and Busy Places (Lonely Planet RRP: £9.99 each) World Search is a new and visually enticing children’s book series from Lonely Planet, which introduces a new generation of future travellers to the wider world around them. The three fun titles are aimed at readers aged 5 and up. They are packed with appealing illustrations to bring the books to life, and each book features over 50 sturdy, easy to lift flaps to help children explore places, people, and cultures around the world. The colourful scenes are sure to keep young readers engaged, and search-and-find activities on each page help develop concentration skills. Busy Places explores busy cities like New York and Paris while Amazing Jobs helps children discover more about the most interesting jobs around the world, from a flying doctor in Australia to a Bollywood actor. In Incredible Animals readers can learn about the big cats of Africa and the posh and pampered pets of LA. These bright and colourful books will attract many a young reader’s attention and encourage them to discover more about the world around them.
Lost Lanes: 36 Glorious Bike Rides, by Jack Thurston (Wild Things Publishing, RRP £14.99) The message that this visually appealing book conveys is that whilst Southern England is a busy cosmopolitan area, there are still many hidden corners off the beaten track to explore and get back to one with nature. Lost Lanes features 36 rides around the South of England, discovering the hidden corners along its ancient network of quiet lanes and byways, from gentle spins to energetic hill climbs. Also included with each ride are great historical spots or viewpoints to break your journey, great places to eat, where to go camping or even take a swim. Every page reveals stunning inspirational photography and there are handy route guides to download. With route overviews, maps and how to access each ride by train, it’s a great combination of personal travelogue and comprehensive practical information, and the routes are graded from easy to challenging. It should inspire anyone to get back in the saddle and explore the English countryside.