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Looking for a list of the best children's books about mountains?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to mountains. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about mountains.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about mountains, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like My Side of the Mountain to popular sellers like Where the Red Fern Grows to some of our favorite hidden gems like Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella.

We hope this list of kids books about mountains can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Where the Red Fern Grows
Written by Wilson Rawls
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own–Old Dan and Little Ann–he’s ecstatic. It’s true that times are tough, but together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy waits for these determined hunters–now friends–and Billy will learn that hope can grow out of despair and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past. This beloved classic is sure to delight readers of all ages as it captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. To commemorate more than fifty years in print, this special edition includes historical materials to enrich this treasured novel.”

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Snow Leopard: Ghost of the Mountains
Written by Justin Anderson & illustrated by Patrick Benson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Look! A line of paw prints in the snow. Follow the tracks to see the rare and utterly majestic snow leopard and visit her secret world.

The people who live among the high peaks of the Himalayas tell stories of a mysterious animal called the gray ghost. To see one, you’d have to be very lucky indeed. Join a zoologist in the Himalayan mountains as he searches for the elusive creature. With her pale gold and silver-gray coat painted with black rosettes, she blends so well into the boulders, it’s no wonder she’s thought of as a ghost of the mountains. But the fortunate few who spot her are rewarded with a sight they will never forget. Written by an expert with firsthand experience, beautifully illustrated, and interwoven with fascinating facts, this vicarious look at a breathtaking animal includes an end note suggesting resources to explore.

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Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella
Written by Alan Schroeder & illustrated by Brad Sneed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

I reckon ye heard o’ Cinderella, but lemme tell you a story ‘bout a sweet li’l thing named Rose? Set in the Appalachian Mountains and told in a lilting dialect that just begs to be read aloud, this is a unique and lively adaptation of the traditional Cinderella story. Complete with an enchanting protagonist, a glass slipper, and a fairy godmother who just happens to be a hog, Smoky Mountain Rose is a joy to read again and again.

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Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Stewart
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

The first illustrated telling of the Everest story that equally features Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

On the morning of May 29, 1953, the sun was shining brightly and a gentle breeze was blowing on the highest elevation of the world–and for the first time ever, people were there to witness it. Their names were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, and they had ascended Everest. This is the breathtaking story of how these two men battled frost- biting temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds, and death-defying ridges to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Combining fresh and contemporary illustrations by Joe Todd-Stanton with Alexandra Stewart’s action-packed text, this unique narrative tells the complete stories of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay–from their births right up through their final days—and the lasting impact they’ve had on the world.

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The Mountain That Loved a Bird
Written by Alice McLerran & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A beautiful bird brings life to a lonely, barren mountain.

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  • My Side of the Mountain -

  • The Slippery Slope - Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided. Snicket’s saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to alarm its distressed and suspicious fans the world over. The tenth book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret headquarters and some dangerous antics you should not try at home. With the weather turning colder, this is one chilling book you would be better off without.

  • When I Was Young in the Mountains - When I was young in the mountains, Grandfather came home in the evening covered with the black dust of a coal mine. Only his lips were clean, and he used them to kiss the top of my head. <P>Growing up in the mountains was special. Grandmother made hot corn bread and fried okra. There were trips to the swimming hole and Crawford’s store. <P>Each pleasure was one to share - and remember. And each is part of a gentle story, illuminated with perceptively happy paintings, that evokes the love of a way of life, of a family, and most of all, of a place.

  • Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters - A New York Times Bestseller

    In this third book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's Princess Academy series, Miri goes from student . . . to teacher! Miri has spent a year at the king's palace, learning all about being a proper princess. But instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses. As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen's interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home. Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale: The Princess Academy trilogy
    Princess Academy
    Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
    Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters The Books of Bayern
    The Goose Girl
    Enna Burning
    River Secrets
    Forest Born Book of a Thousand Days

    Dangerous
    Graphic Novels
    with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
    Rapunzel's Revenge
    Calamity Jack For Adults
    Austenland
    Midnight in Austenland
    The Actor and the Housewife

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The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes
Written & illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, trying to wake his love.

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Range Eternal
Written by Louise Erdrich & illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

The story of a girlhood lived in the glow of a woodstove from one of the country's most distinguished and beloved authors, now back in print

At the heart of a home in the Turtle Mountains sits a woodstove. It is where Mama makes her good soup, where she cooks a potato for warming hands on icy mornings, where she heats a stone for warming cold toes at night. It warms the winter nights and keeps Windigo, the ice monster, at bay. On the stove's blue enamel door are raised letters, The Range Eternal, and in the dancing flames through the window below, a child can see pictures: the range of the buffalo, the wolf and the bear, the eagles and herons and cranes: truly, the Range Eternal.

In these charmingly illustrated pages, Louise Erdrich tells a story of hearth and home, of memory and imagination, of childhood recaptured in the reflection of a shiny blue woodstove, of the warm heart of family.

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Madman of Black Bear Mountain, Volume 12
Written by Franklin W. Dixon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Brother detectives Frank and Joe face perils in the wilderness as they try to track down their missing teacher in this thrilling Hardy Boys adventure. <p/>As part of a research unit, Bayport High’s Green Environment Conservation Club (GECO) is taking a field trip–camping on nearby Black Bear Mountain, where the students will help field biologist Dr. Max Kroopnik investigate local flora. Frank’s there to geek out about nature while Joe’s along for the thrills. Not only does Black Bear Mountain live up to its name–the fierce furry animals are everywhere–but rumor has it that a madman lurks in the forest, and the crazy dude has a penchant for feasting on human flesh. The Hardys scoff at the urban legend, but the rest of their class isn’t so convinced. <p/>When the campers wake up, however, not only do they find a bear roaming the campsite, but their teacher is missing…and blood is streaked across the front of his tent. The GECOs are stranded alone in the wilderness with no technology, no way to call for help, and, quite possibly, a madman on the loose. <p/>Luckily, Frank and Joe have a good amount of survival skills under their belt. But when they venture in search of their teacher, they find themselves hunted by a mysterious axe-wielding man in face paint and bearskins, falling into dangerous rapids, and perched on the edge of a precarious waterfall. Will the Hardys be able to find their teacher and make it back to the campsite alive?

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Princess Academy
Written by Shannon Hale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

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Revenge of Superstition Mountain
Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by Aleksey & Olga Ivanov
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the third and final book in this action-packed trilogy, the Barker brothers and their good friend Delilah secretly climb up to Superstition Mountain one last time. There are still mysteries to solve—is the creepy librarian really the ghost of Julia Thomas from a century before? What was their uncle Hank’s role in discovering the gold mine? Can they still get into the gold mine after the avalanche that nearly crushed them? Does their cat, Josie, have mysterious powers? And, most of all, who is trying to kill them?

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  • Hello, Adirondacks! - Welcome to the Adirondacks! In this board book from bestselling children's author-illustrator Martha Day Zschock, a parent and child bear explore the Adirondacks, upper New York State's 6 million acres of wild beauty and cultural significance. Join them as they discover mountains, lakes, and forests. Come along as they meet some new friend: moose, deer, fox, coyotes and all kinds of birds. They have fun-filled days all year round'Äîhiking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, and camping under the stars. They see Olympic Center, the Great Camps, and the sights in Glens Falls and Fort Ticonderoga too! For ages 2-5. Made in the USA.

  • Princess Academy: Palace of Stone - A New York Times Bestseller

    In this second book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's Princess Academy series, Miri embarks on a brand new life in the city. Coming down from the mountain to a new city life is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have come to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school--at the prestigious Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends sophisticated and exciting students, she also learns that they have some frightening plans for a revolution. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place. Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale: The Princess Academy trilogy
    Princess Academy
    Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
    Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters The Books of Bayern
    The Goose Girl
    Enna Burning
    River Secrets
    Forest Born Book of a Thousand Days

    Dangerous
    Graphic Novels
    with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
    Rapunzel's Revenge
    Calamity Jack For Adults
    Austenland
    Midnight in Austenland
    The Actor and the Housewife

  • Avalanche! - A high-stakes adventure series perfect for fans of the I Survived series and Hatchet.

  • Treasure on Superstition Mountain - Returning to Superstition Mountain, the Barker brothers, along with their friend Delilah, soon find themselves entangled in more danger and mystery as they uncover a real treasure.

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Banner in the Sky
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-15

It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt’s father. <P>At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father’s life. And so, taking his father’s red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth’s most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of the Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef’s footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit - to plant his banner in the sky.

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The Abominables
Written by Eva Ibbotson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Renowned literary great Eva Ibbotson delivers a final novel in her classic, much-loved style. A previously unpublished work from this favorite author, <i>The Abominables </i>follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way across Europe to a possible new home. Siblings Con and Ellen shepherd the yetis along their eventful journey, with the help of Perry, a good-natured truck driver. Through a mountain rescue in the Alps and a bullfight in Spain, the yetis at last find their way to an ancestral estate in England–only to come upon a club of voracious hunters who have set their sights on the most exotic prey of all: the Abominable Snowmen.<br> Briskly funny and full of incident, <i>The Abominables </i>is vintage Ibbotson. With unforgettable characters and thoughtful messages about the environment and advocacy, it’s a generous last gift to her many devoted fans. <p/> <b>Praise for <i>The Abominables</i></b><br> <b>STARRED REVIEW</b><b>S</b><br> “A satiric farewell from a favorite author.”<br> –<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review <p/> “A memorable finale to a treasured body of work.”<br> –<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review <p/> “The novel is full of whimsy, charm, and sly humor. The yetis will tug at readers’ heartstrings and make them laugh. The writing is lean, witty, and subtle. Ibbotson manages to touch on ethical messages of human rights, advocacy, and environmentalism without being obvious.”<br> –<i>School Library Journal <p/> “</i>The writing is skillful, precise, and frequently funny, and it offers an effective counterbalance to some of the story’s more serious social criticism…”<br> –<i>Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books</i> <p/> “Readers will enjoy Ibbotson’s final book.”<br> –<i>Library Media Connection</i>

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Borrowed Children (Revised)
Written by George Ella Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

" Golden Kite Award winner, 1989 Booklist, Editor's Choice School Library Journal, Best Books of 1988 Publisher's Weekly, Best Books of 1988 Twelve-year-old Amanda Perritt is pitched head-first into adult responsibilities when she has to quit school to care for her newborn brother and invalid mother. She gets an excape, she thinks, when she's offered a trip to stay with her grandmother and her sophisticated Aunt Laura in Memphis. But during the visit, she discovers unexpected parallels between her mother's childhood and her own and comes to understand her own individuality as well as what it means to be part of a family.

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Wild Blues
Written by Beth Kephart
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

The threat of two escaped convicts and a missing friend lead Lizzie on a harrowing journey through the wilds of the Adirondacks in this stunning novel from National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart. Thirteen-year-old Lizzie’s favorite place in the world is her uncle’s cabin. Uncle Davy’s renovated schoolhouse cabin, filled with antiques and on the edge of the Adirondacks, disconnected from the rest of the world, is like something out of a fairy tale. And an escape from reality is exactly what Lizzie needs. Life hasn’t been easy for Lizzie lately. Her father abandoned their family, leaving Lizzie with her oftentimes irresponsible mother. Now, her mom has cancer and being unable to care for Lizzie during her chemotherapy, Mom asks her where she’d like to spend the summer. The answer is simple: Uncle Davy’s cabin. Lizzie loves her uncle’s home for many reasons, but the main one is Matias, Uncle Davy’s neighbor and Lizzie’s best friend. Matias has proportionate dwarfism, but that doesn’t stop him and Lizzie from wandering in the woods. Every day they go to their favorite nook where Matias paints with watercolors and Lizzie writes. Until one day when Matias never arrives. When news breaks about two escaped convicts from the nearby prison, Lizzie fears the worst. And when Uncle Davy goes missing, too, Lizzie knows she’s the only one who knows this area of woods well enough to save them. Armed with her trusted Keppy survival book, Lizzie sets out into the wilds of the Adirondacks, proving just how far she’ll go to save the people she loves.

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Animal Babies on the Mountain!
Written & illustrated by Julia Groves
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

What’s a baby goat called? Or a baby panda? In this collection of mountain creatures and their young, Julia Groves’ distinctive art style captures each animal’s unique beauty.

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  • Missing on Superstition Mountain - It’s summer and the three Barker brothers–Simon, Henry, and Jack–just moved from Illinois to Arizona. Their parents have warned them repeatedly not to explore Superstition Mountain, which is near their home. But when their cat Josie goes missing, they see no other choice. There’s something unusually creepy about the mountain and after the boys find three human skulls, they grow determined to uncover the mystery. Have people really gone missing over the years, and could there be someone or some thing lurking in the woods? Together with their new neighbor Delilah, the Barker boys are dead-set on cracking the case even if it means putting themselves in harm’s way. Here’s the first book in an action-packed mystery series by a New York Times bestselling author. Missing on Superstition Mountain is a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Fiction title for 2011.

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