Sometimes children’s books create a world best filled in with the imagination. But other times, authors leverage a real destination to bring characters and storylines to life. These famous children’s books take readers around the world, from the sandy shores of Virginia’s coast to the famed streets of Paris. And even better—you can visit the settings that some of literature’s most beloved characters call home. Here are some of our favorite children's books settings you can visit in real life.
“In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” The opening rhyme of Madeline sends readers straight to the boarding school in Paris where Madeline and her fellow schoolchildren lived under the keeping of Miss Clavel. The book follows the girls’ adventures around the French capital, emphasizing the protagonist’s bravery and adventurous spirit.