Reading List: Camp Books for Kids

When we took our kids on a llama-trekking/backcountry-camping trip in Southwest Colorado, we read them the book Your Mama’s a Llama cialis professional while snuggled inside the tent. It was perfect. Here’s a list of camping-themed picture books, early readers and chapter books for kids. My favorites–and some excerpts–can be found here.

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The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail. By Stan and Jan Berenstain. New York: Random House, 1985.

Duck Tents by Berry, Lynne. New York: Henry Holt, 2009.

Let’s Go Camping with Mr. Sillypants. By M. K. Brown. New York: Crown, 1995.

Jerome Camps Out. By Eileen Christelow. New York: Clarion Books, 1998.

Sipping Spiders through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters. By Kelly DiPucchio. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008.

Angelina and Henry. By Katharine Holabird. Middleton, Wis.: Pleasant Company Publications, 2002.

Camping. By Nancy Hundal. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2006.

S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet. By Helen Foster James. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.

Frank & Izzy Set Sail. By Laura McGee Kvasnosky. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2004.

Camping Day! By Patricia Lakin. New York: Dial Books, 2009.

The Princess and Her Panther. By Wendy Orr. New York: Beach Lane Books, 2010.

The Graves Family Goes Camping. By Patricia Polacco. New York: Philomel Books, 2005.

Curious George Goes Camping. By Margret and H. A. Rey. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Curious George Goes Hiking. By Margret and H. A. Rey. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1985.

I Want to Do It Myself: A Little Princess Story. Tony Ross. London: Andersen Press, 2010.

The Lost Lake. By Allen Say. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Sheep Take a Hike. By Nancy Shaw. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

In My Tent. By Marilyn Singer. New York: Macmillan, 1992.

Quiet Night. By Marilyn Singer. New York: Clarion Books, 2002.

Acorn Magic. By Maggie Stern. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1998.

Scare a Bear. By Kathy-jo Wargin. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, 2010.

Stella and Roy Go Camping. By Ashley Wolff New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1999.

Watch Out for Bears!: The Adventures of Henry and Bruno. Ferida Wolff. New York: Random House, 1999.

Picture Books about Nature

The Mitten. By Jan Brett. New York: Putnam Juvenile, 1989.

The Umbrella. New York: Putnam, 2004.

Fishing in the Air. By Sharon Creech. New York: Joanna Cotler Books, 2000.

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog. By Jack Kent. New York: Aladdin, 1985.

Pancakes for Supper. By Anne Isaacs. New York: Scholastic Press, 2006.

Possum and the Peeper. By Anne Hunger. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Box Turtle at Long Pond. William T. George. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1989.

Fishing in the Air. By Sharon Creech. New York: Joanna Cotler Books, 2000.

Camping-Themed Easy Readers

Fred and Ted Go Camping. By Peter Eastman. New York: Beginner Books, 2005.

We’re Going Camping: Now What? By Dave Hanson. London: Franklin Watts Books, 2004.

Olivia Goes Camping. By Alex Harvey. New York: Simon Spotlight, 2011.

The Camping Caper: Scooby-Doo Readers No. 18. By Gail Herman. New York: Scholastic, 2006.

Take a Hike, Snoopy! By Judy Katschke. New York: Little Simon, 2002.

Chicago and the Cat: The Camping Trip. By Robin Michal Koontz. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1994.

Katie Goes Camping. By Fran Manushkin. Mankato, Minn.: Picture Window Books, 2010.

Tiny Goes Camping. By Cari Meister. New York: Viking, 2006.

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping. By Peggy Parish. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1985.

Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night. By Cynthia Rylant. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

P. J. Funnybunny Camps Out. By Marilyn Sadler. New York: Random House, 1993.

Turtle and Snake Go Camping. By Kate Spohn. New York: Penguin Putnam, 2000.

The Scary Night: A Robot and Rico Story. By Anastasia Suen. Mankato, Minn.: Stone Arch Books, 2010.

The Giants Go Camping. By Jane Yolen. New York: Seabury Press, 1979.


Camping-Themed Chapter Books for Young Readers

Freddy Goes Camping. By Walter R. Brooks. New York: Puffin Books, 2003.

Annabel the Actress, Starring in Camping It Up. By Ellen Conford. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Danger on Vampire Trail: The Hardy Boys, No. 50. By Franklin W. Dixon. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1971.

Emma Dilemma and the Camping Nanny. By Patricia Hermes. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish Children, 2009.

Piper Reed: Campfire Girl. By Kimberly Willis Holt. New York: Henry Holt, 2010.

Martin Bridge: Blazing Ahead! By Jessica Scott Kerrin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.

Pony-Crazed Princess: Princess Ellie’s Camping Trip. By Diana Kimpton. New York: Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2006.

Ready, Freddy! Camping Catastrophe. By Abby Klein. New York: Blue Sky Press, 2008.

The Moon by Night: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 2. By Madeleine L’Engle. New York: Square Fish, 2008.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters. By Lenore Look. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009.

Cara the Camp Fairy. By Daisy Meadows. New York: Scholastic, 2011.

The Campfire Ghosts. By Susan Pearson. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1990.

Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream. By Bonnie Pryor. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

Night of the Howling Dogs. By Graham Salisbury. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2007.

Noses Are Red. By Richard Scrimger. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.

Miss Popularity Goes Camping. By Francesco Sedita. New York: Scholastic, 2009.

The Camp-Out Mystery: The Box Car Children, No. 27. By Gertrude Chandler Warner. Park Ridge, Ill.: Albert Whitman, 1992.

The Canoe Trip Mystery: The Box Car Children, No. 40. By Gertrude Chandler Warner. Park Ridge, Ill.: Albert Whitman, 1994.

Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things. By Wendelin Van Draanen. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.





  1. […] Here’s a list of my favorite camp-themed picture books and chapter books for kids with a few choice lines from each. A complete list can be found in the index of my book, The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids. (Or just click here.) […]

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