One of the best ways to enjoy screen-free time in the car is with a good book. And one of the best ways to get pumped for your next trip is to read a book set in your destination.

Little Rock Family teamed with the Central Arkansas Library System to find books set in a few of our favorite local vacation spots. You can check any of these selections out from your local CALS branch.

Bonus idea: You can also lean on audio to make the most of your miles. Use the Libby app to download your kids’ favorite titles from CALS for free!

Down Home in Arkansas
By Maria Hoskins

A perfect pick for your next staycation, this book depicts a central Arkansas family reunion. (Ages: 5-12)

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop
By Alice Faye Duncan

Travelers can take a deep dive into Memphis history with this account of the city’s Sanitation Strike of 1968. (Ages: 7-10)

Year of the Dog
By Kurt Voigt

Get pumped for your northwest Arkansas trip with this nonfiction football adventure set in Springdale. (Read Aloud for All Ages)

Home Place
By Crescent Dragonwagon

With lyrical text by a Eureka Springs native, this book offers families an imaginative hiking adventure. (Ages: 5-8)

The 5 O’Clock Band
By Troy Andrews

Take a tour of the Big Easy with this picture book by Grammy-nominated musician, Troy Andrews. (Ages: 3-5)