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Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

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Today is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day, where we celebrate jumping forward or backward in time. Do you ever imagine what life would be like in the future? Or maybe you’d like to see an event in the past? Whenever you choose, time travel has been a staple of the science fiction universe, where adventure awaits no matter which time you travel to. So whether you want to make your own time travel machines or read about a different time than your own, check out one of these books below, and let’s pretend to be time travelers today!

The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Prose, Action / Adventure, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, ages 7-12.

Breaking Time, by Sasha Alsberg (Inkyard Press) — Fiction. Prose, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Teen.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time, by Frank Cottrell Boyce; illus. Joe Berger (Candlewick Press) — Fiction, Prose, Action / Adventure, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, ages 7-12.

Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer (The New York Review Kids) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi, Mystery / Thriller, Teen.

Dr. Seuss Discovers: Dinosaurs, by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers) — Nonfiction, Board Book, Animals, History, Science, ages 0-3.

Let’s Time Travel!: Zooming into the Science of Space-Time with General Relativity, by Chris Ferrie (Sourcebooks / Sourcebooks Explore) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, Science / Nature, Concepts, Series, ages 4-6.

T. Rex Time Machine: (Funny Books for Kids, Dinosaur Book, Time Travel Adventure Book), written and illustrated by Jared Chapman (Chronicle Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Sci-Fi, Humor, ages 4-6.

The Time Museum Volume 2, by Matthew Loux (Macmillan / First Second) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, ages 7-12.

Time Travel for Love and Profit, by Sarah Lariviere (Penguin Random House / Knopf Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi, Romance, Friendships, Teen.

Time Travel Sleepover: Ancient Egypt: Eat, Sleep, and Party Like an Ancient Egyptian!, by Timothy Knapman; illus. Matt Robertson (The Quarto Book Group / Happy Yak) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, History, Humor, Series, ages 7-12.

The Trouble with Time Travel, by Stephen W. Martin; illus. Cornelia Li (Owlkids Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Sci-Fi, Action / Adventure, Technology / Computers, ages 4-6.

Wrong Place, (Really) Wrong Time (In Due Time Book #3), by Nicholas O. Time (Simon & Schuster / Simon Spotlight) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi, Series, ages 7-12.

Celebrate Pretending to Be A Time Traveler by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

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