Grab your sleeping bags and flashlights and cozy up with some of these fun camping books for kids…. great reads for home or to bring along for a quiet activity at the campsite!
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Camping Books for Kids
by Chris Van Dusen
You can be assured that when Mr. Magee and his doggie friend Dee go out they’ll certainly find more adventure than they bargained for! This series always delights. The story is playful with a pleasant rhyming rhythm and the illustrations are bright and exciting. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee is a pleasure for both adults and kids!
by Helen Foster James and Lita Judge
If you’re looking for a story book to bring along camping that will offer lots of reading and discussion, then this one’s it. Each letter of the alphabet has a corresponding picture and short verse. Then, there are a few paragraphs explaining out that letter’s theme. For example, Q is for Quiet and the page talks about birdwatching, birdsong, and nature song. S is for S’mores covers everything from Adventure to Zippers with everything nature, camping, and outdoors in between. This book is perfect for reading with children between the ages of 4 and 10.
by Molly Idle
This is a cute camping adventure book for little dinosaur lovers. The story follows a group of young dinosaurs who set out to find the perfect camping spot with lessons about outdoor adventure along the way. Camp Rex is sure to get young adventurers in the mood for a camping trip whether it’s into the great outdoors or just the backyard.
by Mercer Mayer
This is one of the Little Critter series that so many little kids love. In this story they go out for an adventuresome evening of camping and the little guy does all the ‘camping work’. It is a sweet and short story. My kids love to go through these books hunting for the little spider on each page. Just Me and My Dad would be appropriate for young preschool aged children.
by Margriet Ruurs and Andrew Kiss
In this story two kids share all about camping, hiking, and exploring the wilderness. The kids’ accounts are accompanied by beautifully detailed paintings. Kids will enjoy imagining themselves out camping, hiking, and fishing in the wild world on these pages. But, the truly delightful treat in When We Go Camping are the hidden animals in each painting you’ll have to search for. Kids from young preschooler to middle elementary ages will enjoy this story.
by Tamera Will Wissinger and Matthew Cordell
If you’re looking for a more involved reading book for older children, you’ll absolutely love this one! The entire book is a compilation of stand-alone poems, but when read cover to cover tells the story of two kids going on a camping trip with their grandfather. Such a neat idea! Another cool feature of Gone Camping, A Novel in Verse are the black and white illustrations which also very accurately tell the story without needing to read any of the words.
Parents trying to encourage a love of prose and camping lovers will all enjoy this book for different reasons. But, the big learning bonus for teachers and homeschooling families comes at the end of the book. Here the author describes numerous poetry forms and writing techniques. This really is an interesting book!
By Carmela LaVigna Coyle and Mike Gordon
This book came highly recommended to me, but to be honest, it wasn’t a big hit for either me or my daughter. Although, the sentiment is a positive one: that girls can enjoy the outdoors even if they fancy themselves a princess… and there’s a whole ‘Do Princesses…’ series that builds on this idea. The pictures in Do Princesses Make Happy Campers are lively, giving added detail to the story and allowing for conversation about the family’s outdoor adventures.
by Susan Gal
While on the surface this picture book shares the story of a family going camping in the woods, Into the Woods is also a book that can help kids be aware of their location in the outside world. The author emphasizes all the words like behind, up, in, between, and among.
It’s a good reminder that even when we’re out in the great outdoors, we are still in close relation to the world around us… and these are comforting thoughts. It’s also a good grammar lesson;)
by Robert Munch and Jay Odjick
In true Munch style this is a kid’s book full of adventure and silliness! Blackflies entertainingly tells the story of Helen and what it’s like to live up north with gazillions of blackflies and mosquitos!
If you’re willing to read this story with excitement and enthusiasm, your kids will absolutely love it. And, if you know firsthand what it’s like to live with gazillions of blackflies and mosquitos, then this story will be even better!
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie! In The Bear Scouts Papa Bear decides he knows better than the bear scouts guide book on the boy’s camping trip. The book is full of Papa’s silly mishaps and blunders as the hiking and camping trip continues. The writing is this book has a nice rhyming rhythm and is full of the colorful illustrations we’ve all come to love with all Berenstain Bear books.
by Margaret and H.A. Reys
My little guy just loved this story when he was small. The illustrations are the same watercolor and charcoal ones we’ve come to expect with Curious George and as usual, George tries to be helpful but things go amiss and adventure follows! We used to bring our own copy of Curious George goes Camping with us on all our camping trips to read together snuggled in our sleeping bags before bed.
I do hope you’ve found a few camping book recommendations that you can read with your kids. Books are the perfect way to spark a child’s interest and introduce them to new activities and ideas. Happy reading and happy camping!
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