In honor of March being National Literacy Month, we’ve compiled a selection of children’s books every San Diego kid should have on his/her bookshelf. These fun books for kids highlight so many San Diego treasures––and they’ll have your bookworms exploring San Diego across the pages–-from the San Diego Zoo to our city’s famous landmarks. Inspire young readers with these seven kids books today. Read on!

Good Night San Diego

Good Night Books

Zoom into the San Diego Air and Space Museum, then stop by the San Diego Zoo. Even more, check-out a fishing boat and say hi to the surfer dudes. From the Palomar Observatory to Old Town San Diego, this board book is tons of fun!

Ages: 2-3

Get it here, $8.89

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Random House Books

Adventure calls in this rhyming book from La Jolla’s own, Dr. Seuss. From soaring high heights and seeing great sights, they may even be left on a prickle-ly perch. Make little ones giggle with this book from our famous local writer, and they’ll want to read all of his treasured tales.

Ages: 4-8

Get it here, $9.23

Larry Loves San Diego!

Little Bigfoot

Follow Larry as he gets lost and explores San Diego. He loves Hotel Coronado and the downtown Embarcadero. Little readers will be charmed by his visit to the San Diego Zoo. An easy board book to enjoy together.

Ages: Preschool and up

Get it, here. $8.73

The Easter Bunny Is Coming to San Diego

Sourcebooks Wonderland

Hippity hop! Your young bunnies will savor this adventure through San Diego landmarks with Mr. Easter Bunny. What’s more, it will get them ready for the upcoming egg hunts.

Ages: 4-8

Find it, here. $9.99

BJ Bear's Adventure at LEGOLAND®’s Sea Life Aquarium

With Sea Life Aquarium a quick drive away, Mr. Bear’s adventure there is a fun read for kids. Which fish smiles at BJ Bear? Who’s his favorite sea creature? Crack open this book and find out these answers and more about what lives beneath the sea!

Ages: 2-10

Find it, here. Free

Balboa Park with Ranger Kim

Ridgway Park Publishing

Patrol the grounds and learn the history of Balboa Park with Ranger Kim. Travel around with young Morgan on a journey throughout San Diego's famous destination. Learn how a park ranger helps lost children and knows where to go to have a blast.

Ages: 4-8

Get it, here. $5.07

Night-Night San Diego

Sourcebooks Wonderland

Looking for the perfect bedtime read? You'll find it in Night-Night San Diego. Say goodnight to all your favorite landmarks and landscapes in this memorable story. Sweet dreams!

Ages: 1-4

Get it, here. $8.45

––Nikki Walsh

featured photo: Josh Applegate via Unsplash


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