Backseat A-B-See by Maria van Lieshout

Every road trip needs an atlas, a mascot, and, of course, an assortment of top-notch picture books and must-read middle-grade novels. As summer approaches, my friend Donna and I start brainstorming travel companions and creating a list of books every bookseller and librarian across the country should know about. I sent Donna the following text message moments after reading Backseat A-B-See.

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Thankfully, Donna agrees with me that Backseat A-B-See needs to come along on our next reading road trip. We came up with 26 reasons why it is perfect for your next road trip, too.

ATTENTION-getting format

BOLD illustrations


DYNAMIC design

ENTERTAINMENT for the entire family

FUN, fun, fun for all ages

A GREAT way to introduce road signs

HIGHLY engaging

INCLUDES an informative author’s note

A JOY from A to Z

KIDS will read it over and over

LENDS itself to car games

MOMS will appreciate it

NEEDS to be read aloud


PERFECT for long and short trips

QUITE possibly the best road trip book for young children

RICH colors

SIGNS never looked so appealing

TEACHES and entertains

UNIQUE book spine


VISUALLY stimulating

YOUNGSTERS will find it fresh and exciting

ZOOM on over to an independent bookshop to pre-order a copy.

Backseat A-B-See. Written and illustrated by Maria van Lieshout. Chronicle Books, 2012. On sale April 11, 2012. Final copy sent from publisher.


  1. Well, of course you had this grandmother quickly convinced, I placed the order before writing this comment! Thanks ever so much!

  2. Yay! I love following your reading road trips:)

  3. Yay! I am now eagerly awaiting this book and Boy + Bot that I tried to buy at a bookstore yesterday only to find it isn't out yet. I'll bring both on my road trip for sure. :)

  4. 26 Reasons! Wow.
    What a great post. Thanks you, Mr. Schu!

  5. @Maria - It feels as if you wrote Backseat A-B-See for my road trips. I look forward to taking it on the road. Thank you!

  6. Happy driving! And happy reading too. Just not at the same time :-)
    Thanks for posting about ABSee!


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