New York (City Trails)

by Lonely Planet Kids (Author) Dynamo Dynamo Ltd (Illustrator)

New York (City Trails)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: City Trails

Here's a book about New York that's seriously streetwise! Let Marco and Amelia, our Lonely Planet explorers, take you off the tourist trail and guide you on a journey through New York you'll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to New York, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city!

Discover New York's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don't have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this-New Yorkers are sure to learn new things about their very own city too!

Find out what's lurking in the pumpkin garden, why you might find cows underground, how eating hotdogs could make you rich and lots more! For readers ages 8 and up.


  • Street Life
  • Skyscraper Fly-By
  • Secret City
  • Green New York
  • Trash Town
  • Urban Jungle
  • Going Underground
  • Bite Into the Big Apple
  • Top Treasures
  • It's Showtime
  • Way to Go
  • Harbor Tour
  • Fright Fest
  • Game On
  • Sounds Great!
  • Big Apple Art
  • Street Sculpture
  • Shop 'Til You Drop
  • Movie Magic

Also available: London City Trails, Paris City Trails.

About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we're kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.

From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is.

It's going to be a big adventure - come explore!

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-7--Highlighting 19 themed trails through three of the world's most-recognizable cities, these well-indexed guides are loaded with kid appeal and fascinating facts that are sure to intrigue any student (and please their parents). Three to six pages are devoted to each topic; areas of interest include animals, the arts, fashion, food, sports, history, shopping, and underground spaces. Each volume also offers a section on ghosts and haunted places, a surefire draw for young adventurers. Trails are initially marked on a large map of the city and progress logically from one geographic point to the next, using high-quality photos and colorful cartoon illustrations to describe each attraction. One vertical two-page photo presents the tallest or most iconic structure in each city (New York's Statue of Liberty, London's Shard, and Paris's Eiffel Tower). Informational blurbs are short, concise, and well written, with occasional vocabulary (e.g., kinetic) explained in context. Fun facts are highlighted in scallop-edged boxes, and specific bits of research appear in periodic smartphone images. Famous (and infamous) landmarks (e.g., Central Park, the Globe Theatre, and Versailles) are featured in each, but unusual places (e.g., Drummer's Grove, Spitalfields, and the Wall of Love) also make the cut, as do fun activities, such as playing music on a New York subway art installation, eating Blumenthal's "meat fruit" (London), and walking through a Parisian "living" horror show. VERDICT Ideal travel companions for elementary and middle schoolers; lifesavers for parents.--Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

My youngest has a fixation with...New York. Going through these books with your children before the trip will add an element of excitement that will be hard to match, plus the kids are going to go into these trips more equipped with a city's knowledge. No longer will it be just a 'cool place to visit, ' but indeed, the visits will be more meaningful for them!—Mail4Rosey
Lonely Planet Kids
Joe Fullman is a freelance author based in London. Over the past 20 years, he has - by a rather neat symmetry - written and contributed to guidebooks to around 20 countries. That means he's visited an awful lot of museums - although he's always happy to fit in a couple more. In between his foreign adventures, Joe has also found time to write children's books on everything from dinosaurs and space to music and ancient history. Joe also authored Incredible Cabinet of Wonders for Lonely Planet Kids, released in October 2017.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Lonely Planet
Publication date
June 20, 2016
City Trails
BISAC categories
JNF038100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
JNF058000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Travel
JNF048020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Reference | Atlases
Library of Congress categories
New York (N.Y.)

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