Best Kids Books About Camping

32 Kids Books About Camping

Updated Apr. 20, 2019
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee book
#1
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee
Written by Chris Van Dusen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

A silly tale of a night in a camper gone awry. I found it interesting that the first half of the book is just a cute story about a man and his dog enjoying a campout together in the beauty of nature. It's only half-way through the book, after Mr. Magee and his dog Dee have gone to bed, the tone of the book changes and the comedy begins.

Mr. Magee and his dog Dee go camping and have an adventure with a hungry bear.

Flashlight book
#2
Flashlight
Written and illustrated by Lizi Boyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.

S Is for S'Mores book
#3
S Is for S'Mores
Written by Helen Foster James and illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

"Introduces camping from A to Z using poetry, prose, and illustrations in a children's picture book. Includes information on beach camping, canyons, foliage, camping gear, John Muir, Juliette Gordon Low, and more"--Provided by publisher.

A Campfire Tale book
#4
A Campfire Tale
Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrated by Ana Gomez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Ever been stuck with a friend who’s totally uncool—and worried that it will rub off on you? Welcome to Camp Wildwood! It’s Dragon’s first day, and his buddy would LIKE to show him a good time. But Dragon doesn’t seem to fit in with the boys and girls. He overturns the boat, ruins the puppet show, and even sets the tent on fire. Then, just as his buddy is about to give up, Dragon comes through in a pinch. This sweet, funny picture book teaches an important lesson about the true meaning of friendship—and in accepting the strengths and weaknesses of others."

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog book
#5
The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
Written and illustrated by Jack Kent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.

Oliver and Hope's Adventure Under the Stars book
#6
Oliver and Hope's Adventure Under the Stars
Written and illustrated by Meg Cadts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The moon and stars set imagination aglow as Oliver the bear and Hope the butterfly join their friends Millie the barn owl and Chewie the English bulldog for their first camping trip. The night is filled with amazing discoveries and silly games that make the shadows a little less scary and the adventure a whole lot more fun. Take a seat with these friends around the campfire. This much-anticipated follow-up to the award-winning Oliver & Hope's Amusing Adventure helps the real-life journey of thousands of children through its inspiring tale and the medical grants the book's proceeds support. Watch many of these success stories come to life and learn how you can make more possible when you visit UHCCF.org.

Don't Feed the Bear book
#7
Don't Feed the Bear
Written by Kathleen Doherty and illustrated by Chip Wass
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

A park ranger and a bear face off in a battle of signs as they each try to get treats from visiting campers.

Our Great Big Backyard book
#8
Our Great Big Backyard
Written by Jenna Bush Hager, Laura Bush and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

To help commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service, #1 New York Times bestselling authors former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance and fun of connecting with nature. Our Great Big Backyard follows Jane, whose plans of spending the summer playing video games with her friends are dashed when her parents announce that her family is going on a road trip to national parks around the country. Yet somewhere between the Everglades and Big Bend National Park, things begin to change. Jane starts paying attention to the magnificent sights and spends less time looking at her screen. The stunning views open up her imagination as she and her brother see everything that nature has to offer. And the more Jane discovers, the more she realizes how much there is to love about the outdoors—whether she’s in a national park across the country or right in her own backyard.

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping book
#9
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Uncomfortable with the idea of camping outdoors, Scaredy Squirrel engages in a camping venture on his couch away from mosquitoes, skunks and zippers and hopes to watch a camping show on his new television, which requires him to hunt for an electrical outlet in the woods.

When We Go Camping book
#10
When We Go Camping
Written by Margriet Ruurs and illustrated by Andrew Kiss, Margriet Ruurs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

In this beautifully illustrated book, one busy family finds lots to do from sun up to sunset. At the campsite, there’s wood to chop for the fire and fish to catch. And there’s lots of time to explore, climb rocks, splash in the lake, and discover animals in the shadows of the woods. As afternoon turns to evening, supper needs to be made, and just before bed, stories are told around the campfire. When We Go Camping is as instructional as it is delightful. Each painting highlights the tracks of one animal, which curve from the text into the illustration. Readers can turn to the glossary for more details about the wildlife depicted on each page. When We Go Camping is a perfect way to preserve summer memories all year long.

1,2,3 Make a S'More WIth Me book
#11
1,2,3 Make a S'More WIth Me
Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Gauthier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A fun counting book perfect for beginning readers.

Over in the Forest book
#12
Over in the Forest
Written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Follow the tracks of ten woodland animals but . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of "Over in the Meadow" as they leap like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and pounce like a fox. They will also count the babies and search for ten hidden forest animals. Cut paper illustrations add to the fun in this delightful introduction to a woodland habitat.

Because of an Acorn book
#13
Because of an Acorn
Written by Adam Schaefer, Lola M. Schaefer and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.

Sheep Take a Hike book
#14
Sheep Take a Hike
Written by Nancy E Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Having gotten lost on a chaotic hike in the great outdoors, the sheep find their way back by following the trail of wool they have left.

Gray Squirrels book
#15
Gray Squirrels
Written and illustrated by G.G. Lake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Gray squirrels leap from high heights to move from tree to tree. Discover these delightful rodents' life cycle and lifestyle in the woods.

Duck Tents book
#16
Duck Tents
Written by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In a small backyard, by a squat stone fence, five little ducks pitch five duck tents. The five little ducks are going camping! They can't wait for a day of fun at the fishing hole. In the evening they sit around the campfire and toast marshmallows. But just as they're about to snuggle up tight and drift off to sleep, they hear a scary noise. Whooo can it be?

Tall Tall Tree book
#17
Tall Tall Tree
Written and illustrated by Anthony D. Fredericks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"High in a redwood tree is an unseen world of all kinds of animals. Readers will meet them through rhyming verses as they count them 1 to 10"--

Maisy Goes Camping book
#18
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?

Hello Kitty Goes to Camp book
#19
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
#20
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.

The Camping Trip That Changed America book
#21
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
#22
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
#23
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!

Monster and Mouse Go Camping book
#24
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
#25
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.

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