Route 66: Traveling America’s Mother Road
a book list by Anne M. Slanina, Ph.D., Author of The Adventures of Annie Mouse Bibliotherapy Series
A few years ago my son and his wife moved to Arizona. Nine months later, missing them terribly, I decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream of driving cross country, believing I would do it just once and fly out to see them on subsequent trips. I knew absolutely NOTHING about Route 66 and the Disney movie, Cars, had not yet been released. I began my drive taking the usual interstates from Western Pennsylvania to Interstate 40. In Clinton, Oklahoma I noticed signs for a Route 66 Museum and decided to break the monotony of the drive by stopping.
That was the start of my fascination with the Mother Road. I couldn’t believe I had zipped right by so many other historic places along the route while driving the interstate! I picked up a couple of books in the museum gift shop and began to focus my the rest of my journey west on The Mother Road. By the time I got to Arizona I knew that the drive west would not be my last; there was so much to see! I also knew that the next time I embarked on the trip, I would be better prepared.
It’s impossible to see everything on Route 66 in one trip. I’ve just finished my fourth trip and am already planning the next one! The following books are ones that I have used to help me plan my adventures.
There are many other books that are only available at stops along the road; be sure to have a look at some of those, too. One of the most comprehensive photo journals of the route I found is a set by photographer David Wickline. If your camera failed you or you just couldn’t get that night shot to focus, you’ll still be able to relive your journey through this set of books.
If you want to get quickly from point A to point B, this trip isn’t for you... but if you want to have the time of your life and see the best of America, grab these books, hop in your car or on your motorcycle (check Amazon for the Route 66 books especially for bikers!) and be prepared to “get your kicks on Route 66.”
Oh, and be prepared to “set a spell” at some of the businesses and shops along the way. You’ll find that the best souvenir you’ve taken back with you is the memory of the time you shared with the folks who own or run the shops.
Choose a related list:
Choose from our most popular lists:
Recommending books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime. more...
About Anne M. Slanina, Ph.D.
Anne is an Associate Professor at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Elementary/Early Childhood Education. She's the author of a series of bibliotherapy picture books: Annie Mouse Meets a New Friend, Annie Mouse Meets her Guardian Angel and The Adventures of Annnie Mouse: Baby Brother Goes to the Hospital, which can be found at www.anniemousebooks.com. In her spare time she is a dulcimer player and is a Route 66 enthusiast.
Newest book lists
All our categories
Already have an account? Sign in
Oops, it looks like your email address has a typo — please check it and try again.
Please choose a password that's at least 5 characters.
Oops, it looks like you didn't enter a password.
Oops, it looks like you didn't enter your email address.
Oops, it looks like you didn't enter your name.
Oops, it looks like you didn't enter the answer to the math problem.
Keep me signed in