The 17 Best Backseat Books to Keep Your Kids Wonderfully Distracted

We’ve hand-selected books with unforgettable characters and remarkable plots, so they won’t even notice another hour in the car has passed.
Jun 21, 2019

Ages

3-17

road trip books for kids
Istock.com/kaz_c

Jun 21, 2019

Few things make time pass more slowly on the road than when an antsy kid finds kicking the seat or poking their siblings the best form of available entertainment. Books are great for for long car rides, but they must have a fast-moving plot, unforgettable characters, a bit of humor, or an interesting point of view your child has never considered before.

These are the elements that help keep kids reading longer — handy for when you still have a state line to cross.

Shop these great backseat reads now! You can find more books and activities at The Scholastic Store

Want even more book and reading ideas? Sign up for our Scholastic Parents newsletter.

Book Lists
Summer reading
Reading
Book Lists
Age 3
Age 4
Age 5
Age 6
Age 7
Age 8
Age 9
Age 10
Age 11
Age 12
Age 13
Age 14
Age 15
Age 16
Age 17
Reading