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Children’s Literature Destinations

January 4, 2014

Explore children’s literature destinations, the home of your favorite stories and their authors

If you’re a parent who wants to instill a love of novels and books in your child, or one who wants to visit the places that inspire the whimsy of childhood, there are many places, in the United States, England and Scotland that just might fit the bill.

 

The Springfield Museums

For fans of Dr. Seuss’ works, The Springfield Museums features five separate museums, including a sculpture garden dedicated to Seuss’ characters and works – especially “Horton Hears a Who” and “The Cat In the Hat.”

 

Green Gables Heritage Place

In Cavendish, on Prince Edward Island in Canada, visitors can explore the cottage and lands where Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the “Anne of Green Gables” series. Every August, there is a children’s festival there.

 

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

At Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre celebrates the life and works of Roald Dahl. The author of “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” is honored with multiple exhibits and galleries for children ages 6-12. Visitor can even walk through the author’s hut, where he wrote. He called this his “little nest.”

 

Neverland, or Moat Brae

In Dumfries, Scotland, J.M.Barrie began to envision a magical place he called Neverland. This was at the home of a friend, Stuart Gordon, who invited him to join in pirate adventures as a young boy. There are efforts underway to turn the location into a children’s literature center.

 

Hannibal, Missouri

Fans of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” can explore the same caves that inspired Tom and Becky’s travels through the famous caves scenes. The Mark Twain Caves are accessible through a guided tour.

 

Scotland

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland and have fans of “Harry Potter”  in your travel party, there are several locations to explore. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is the scene of the iconic Hogwarts Express trips. You can take the West Highland Rail Line across the viaduct and back. You may even find a Harry Potter train to take – sometimes a Jacobite Steam Train crosses the viaduct.

Going to Glencoe, you can stay near the Clachaig Gulley, where scene at Hagrid’s Hut were filmed. The hut no longer stands there, but you can still experience the outdoor scenery.

At Steall Falls, in Glen Nevis, you can see where the dragon battle was filmed for the fourth movie, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

 

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

For fans of the spunky little monkey named “Curious George,” the Margaret and H.A. Rey Center and the Curious George Cottage are two must-visit location. Each August, there is a family-centric festival at the Curious George Cottage, to celebrate the mischievous little monkey and his creators.

 

Hartford, Connecticut

Mark Twain fans can explore the Mark Twain House and Museum  – all 25 room of his residence – through guided tours. After the tour, there’s the museum to explore, right next door. The museum includes exhibits, a documentary to view and often special exhibitions about the author.

If your child loves to read or you are feeling nostalgic, don’t waste any more time – head over to Trekeffect and plan a family literary getaway!

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April Bamburg
April Bamburg is a freelance writer specializing in community news, travel writing, press releases and other blog posts. She dreams of traveling the world and getting lost in Italy, Turkey or even Scotland.