Best Children's Books About Camping

39 Children's Books About Camping

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Camp Rex book
#1
Camp Rex
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

What could be more fun than a camping trip with a good friend? When that friend is T. Rex! It’s important to set a few wilderness safety guidelines first. . . like making sure he stays on the trail. And does not disturb the local wildlife. And knows how to build a safe campfire. But sometimes dinosaurs have a different way of doing things, and that’s why it’s best to be prepared . . . for anything! Following in the extremely large and funny footsteps of Tea Rex, Camp Rex is for anyone who loves to roast a marshmallow or two around the campfire . . . or the whole bag at once!

Maisy Goes Camping book
#2
Maisy Goes Camping
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When Maisy sets off to go camping in the country, it’s only natural that all her friends come along, too. But they soon find that pitching a tent is not an easy thing to do. Even if they do manage to keep the tent up, there’s the matter of fitting them all in — Maisy, Charley, Cyril, Tallulah, and finally, the huge elephant, Eddie. What a squeezy squish-squash! Good night, campers! Uh-oh-what’s that popping sound?

The Grand Expedition book
#3
The Grand Expedition
Written and illustrated by Emma Adbage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

They have made a very serious decision—they are going on an adventure. All by themselves. Just the two of them. They will bring coffee and blankets and a cozy tent. They will pack a backpack with a flashlight and something to cuddle. And, just in case, a jump rope to use as a lasso. They set up camp in the lee of a small mountain (e.g. their backyard) and get ready for an evening of independence and adventure. But when the pickles are gone and the mosquitoes come out, what’s to be done? The Grand Expedition is the quietly comic story of two kids and their dad and the everyday adventures that make life great.

Hello Kitty Goes to Camp book
#4
Hello Kitty Goes to Camp
Written and illustrated by Sanrio
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

It’s summer vacation and Hello Kitty is excited to go to camp for the first time. Mimmy and Hello Kitty pack up all the things they’ll need, like their camping clothes, backpacks, and bathing suits, and head off with their friends for a summer of fun! At camp, Hello Kitty and her friends do so many fun things like swim, bake cookies, read stories, have campfires, and go on adventures. Even though she’s having a great time, Hello Kitty misses home and Mama and Papa. Luckily, Mama and Papa have a wonderful surprise for Hello Kitty that makes her feel right at home.

The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff book
#5
The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff
Written by Nate Evans, Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Read this sweet New York Times bestselling series from the author of If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, and other beloved books. The Jellybeans are off to summer camp to enjoy ghost stories around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, and swimming in the lake. Each girl finds her own favorite activity: Emily goes to the dance studio, Bitsy does arts and crafts, and Anna reads about nature. But Nicole can't find anything that's just right for her. So she decides to start a soccer team and teach her friends her favorite game. Will the Jellybeans be able to win the big match against a neighboring camp? Once again, the girls use their different strengths and talents to work together and have the best summer ever. This third book in the successful New York Times bestselling series shows that, whether readers are girly girls, bookworms, artists, or tomboys, there is a Jellybean for everyone.

Pippa's Island 4: Camp Castaway book
#6
Pippa's Island 4: Camp Castaway
Written and illustrated by Belinda Murrell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

The students in class 5M are heading off to camp. Pippa has never been away to camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! Everyone looks forward to five blissful days exploring Shipwreck Island's beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with the other girls. Mrs. Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys' tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge. Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?

Breakout! book
#7
Breakout!
Written and illustrated by Stacy Davidowitz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It’s the end of the summer, which means one thing: Color War time! Color War is the event of the summer, a massive camp-wide competition. The camp is divided into two teams, Blue and White, with upper campers vying for the envied spot of lieutenant, a team leader position. Jenny assumes she’s got lieutenant in the bag, being a “popular girl” and all. And Play Dough sure hopes he does too—members of his family have been White team lieutenants for generations! But when assignments are announced, both are in for a surprise. Play Dough’s a lieutenant all right—for the enemy Blue team—and Jenny isn’t lieutenant at all. So who is? Jamie, Jenny’s sidekick. With the entire camp amping up for an all-out war, can Jenny and Play Dough overcome expectations and lead their teams to victory?

The Camping Trip That Changed America book
#8
The Camping Trip That Changed America
Written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation’s history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.

The Night Before Summer Camp book
#9
The Night Before Summer Camp
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Mindy Pierce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The first day of summer camp is almost here, and one little camper doesn’t know what to expect. For a while everything is hunkydory . . . until rest time rolls around and he gets a bad case of nervous butterflies. But an unlikely friend appears out of the crowd and reassures him that the best cure for the summertime blues is tons of summertime fun! A sweetly reassuring story, once again told in verse to the meter of Clement Moore’s classic.

Ladybug Girl and Bingo book
#10
Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores the theme of responsibility for a pet and the fun of a first camping trip. Lulu and her dog Bingo the basset hound are best friends. Whenever they play outside, Bingo always stays close by Lulu’s side. When they go camping for the first time, Lulu does her best to be responsible and hold tight to Bingo’s leash. But what happens when Bingo wants to explore the forest on his own and runs off? This is a job for Ladybug Girl! She will find Bingo in time for toasting marshmallows at the campfire. For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors a love of the outdoors, family, and creativity!

Danger on Vampire Trail book
#11
Danger on Vampire Trail
Written and illustrated by Franklin W. Dixon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

An assignment form their famous detective father to track down a ring of credit-card counterfeiters takes Frank and Joe Hardy on an exciting camping trip to the Rocky Mountains. But the cross-country trek with their pals Chet Morton and Biff Hooper is jinxed from the very first day. Strange happenings on a nearly impassable mountain lure Frank, Joe, Chet, and Biff to almost certain death before they discover the sinister reason for the danger on Vampire Trail.

Good Night Campsite book
#12
Good Night Campsite
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Campsite features camping, cooking, tents, RVs, lakes, mountains, rivers, trees, ducks, frogs, chipmunks, biking, picnics, hiking, autumn leaves, campfires, fireflies, sleeping bags, and more. Grab your duffel bags, it’s time to head to the campsite. This charming board book takes young readers on an outing to their favorite campsites while indulging in all their favorite outdoor activities. Roasted marshmallows included! This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn book
#13
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Take a trip downriver in Huckleberry Finn: A BabyLit Camping Primer. Alison Oliver’s crisp illustrations help little ones learn camping vocabulary such as “raft,” “river,” and “fishing line” while Jennifer Adam’s carefully curated quotations from the original text will have parents reading with the soft, twangy accent of Mark Twain.

Willows vs. Wolverines book
#14
Willows vs. Wolverines
Written and illustrated by Alison Cherry
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

It’s an all-out boys vs. girls summer camp prank war in this hilarious M!X novel from the author of The Classy Crooks Club!

Spy Camp book
#15
Spy Camp
Written and illustrated by Stuart Gibbs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

As almost 13-year-old Ben, a student at the CIA's academy for future intelligence agents, prepares to go to spy summer camp, he receives a death threat from the evil organization SPYDER.

Space Camp book
#16
Space Camp
Written by Ray O’Ryan and illustrated by Jason Kraft
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Zack and his friends are off to space camp on a new planet in the fourteenth Galaxy Zack adventure. Camp Among the Stars! Summer vacation is finally here and Zack is pumped for space camp! He can’t wait to play galactic games, tell scary stories, and go on crazy camping adventures with new friends. But when there’s trouble between his cabin mates, it’s up to Zack to bring everyone together. Will he be able to find a solution before the entire summer is ruined? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Unicorn Theater book
#17
Unicorn Theater
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

New York Times Bestselling Author! The second Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel! Summer is here, and Phoebe and Marigold are headed to drama camp. Phoebe's expecting some quality time with her best friend, but in a surprise twist, Marigold has invited her sister, Florence Unfortunate Nostrils! While the unicorn sisters head to camp in a magical rainbow pod, Phoebe is stuck riding with her parents in their boring car, wondering where it all went wrong. But at Camp Thespis, there are more daunting tasks at hand: writing, producing, and acting in an entirely original play! The second Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel is a sparkling tale of sisterhood and summer fun, as well as a reminder that sometimes it takes a bit of drama to recognize true friendship.

Ethan Marcus Makes His Mark book
#18
Ethan Marcus Makes His Mark
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ethan and Erin go to Tech Camp and try to win a chance to “make” a difference in classrooms everywhere in this hilarious follow-up to Ethan Marcus Stands Up. Ethan and Erin Marcus may only be eleven months apart age-wise, but they are a million miles apart in every other respect. Ethan’s laid back and takes things in stride. Erin’s a little more…intense and doesn’t really like to go with the flow. So when these two polar opposites are invited to attend a prestigious invention/maker camp during winter break it seems almost impossible. Even though Erin and Ethan have reached a kind of truce, Erin thinks that his invitation to the camp was a mistake. And for that reason, Ethan decides to go. He has something to prove to everyone—but mostly to himself—and he’s convinced that his desk-evator idea has great potential…if he can do it right right. But he’s going to have to do it on his own. His buddy Brian isn’t coming, neither is Erin’s partner Zoe, so the Marcus siblings are going to have to find new partners. This is especially important to Erin whose rival, Romanov, is also attending the camp. Erin’s never forgiven him for his comment about “girls” having no place in science. She’s determined to beat him. But then she overhears someone talking about Romanov’s project, and decides that she’ll never be able to compete with his game-changing invention. So, what now? It’s Brian who provides the solution: Why don’t the Marcus siblings combine their ideas, their brains, and their teams, and make something spectacular? With only one day left, can Erin and Ethan actually create a workable model of their idea, and is it enough to win?

The Alien Next Door 3: Alien Scout book
#19
The Alien Next Door 3: Alien Scout
Written by A.I. Newton and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the third book of the Alien Next Door series, Harris knows Zeke is an alien, and they go away for a weekend trip as Beaver Scouts. Will Harris be able to help Zeke keep his secret when another scout starts suspecting something? Zeke has revealed to Harris that he's an alien and Harris is thrilled to have an alien best friend! This weekend, Harris has a Beaver Scout outing in the wilderness, so he invites Zeke to join in on the fun. Zeke doesn't quite understand all the activities, like sleeping outside and telling ghost stories, and he is a little careless with using his powers, which leads one scout to become a little suspicious. Will Harris be able to help Zeke hide his identity from everyone?

To Night Owl from Dogfish book
#20
To Night Owl from Dogfish
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through text messages.

Campfire Cookies book
#21
Campfire Cookies
Written and illustrated by Martha Freeman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The girls from Flowerpot Cabin are back at camp in Martha Freeman’s second novel in the Secret Cookie Club series, which was called “a younger version of Ann Brashares’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” by School Library Journal. Recipe for Summer Drama 1 girl counselor, broken-hearted 1 boy counselor, super-cute 4 determined campers Mix all ingredients together for eight weeks at Moonlight Ranch summer camp. For best results, add cookies. The Secret Cookie Club members Grace, Emma, Olivia, and Lucy are excited to be back at Moonlight Ranch summer camp with their beloved counselor, Hannah. But when a mysterious letter arrives, Hannah is plunged into despair. Secret Cookie Club to the rescue! After puzzling out the contents of the letter, they make a plan to fix Hannah’s life—a plan that requires a magic spell, a daring mission to the boys camp, and a big batch of campfire cookies. What could possibly go wrong? With a dash of romance, a pinch of mystery, and a heaping tablespoon of fun, this camp adventure is as satisfying as a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Monster and Mouse Go Camping book
#22
Monster and Mouse Go Camping
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jared Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

It takes a little convincing, but with the promise of food, Monster decides to join Mouse on a camping trip. Things quickly go awry when Mouse takes off to explore, because, well, Monster gets hungry. He starts with just a little snack—the lantern. And the sleeping bags are hard to resist. Then the tent . . . Stranded in the wild with no supplies, what are a monster and a mouse to do? Join these friends on an unforgettable camping trip, perfect for reading snuggled in a sleeping bag or curled on a couch.

Lulu & Pip book
#23
Lulu & Pip
Written by and illustrated by Stephanie Rausser, Jess Brown, Nina Gruener
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lulu takes her doll Pip on a camping trip, where they make friends with an old donkey, build a tent, eat dessert over a campfire, and fall asleep underneath the stars.

Katie Goes Camping book
#24
Katie Goes Camping
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie has a wonderful time camping with her friends Pedro and JoJo, but when it gets dark the shadows make ordinary things seem frightening.

Campground Creature book
#25
Campground Creature
Written and illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Molly, her parents, and her friend Kayley are going camping for the weekend, and Molly is determined to take a picture of something wild--a bear would be nice, but when her father tells her about Bigfoot, she sets her sights on that mysterious creature.

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