Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
Books to prepare your children for camping

Written by Laurel Finney: Learning and education specialist, mother of two, avid camper, and long-time lover of children’s books.

Storybooks help children discover themselves and relate to the world around them.

Whether you’re planning your next camping trip, curled up in your favorite camp tent, or at home reliving your most recent adventure, these camping-themed children’s books will be your new bedtime favorites.

MAISY GOES CAMPING by Lucy cousins

Recommended age: two years and older.

Join Maisy and her friends in this colorful book of first experiences, as they work together to set up a tent, sing songs around the campfire, and enjoy a night under the stars.

OUTDOORS by Susan Gal

Recommended age: Three years and older.

Outside of the city and in Outdoors, join this adventurous family of four as they set up their tent, hit the hiking trail, and enjoy a quiet evening around the campfire. With an emphasis on words that describe special relationships and a cast of wildlife companions, this book is a wonderful celebration of camping.

A guy in a cap reading to three children on a rock, in front of the waterReading in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

THE SCARED SQUIRREL GOES CAMPING by Mélanie Watt

Recommended age: Four years and older.

Scaredy Squirrel is, you guessed it, afraid of camping. Scaredy Squirrel tries to enjoy camping from the comfort of his couch, but when things don’t go as planned, Scaredy Squirrel realizes that nature should be enjoyed up close and maybe camping isn’t so scary. after all.

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LADYBUG GIRL AND BINGO By Jacky Davis

Recommended age: Four years and older.

Join Ladybug Girl and Bingo on their first camping trip, as they engage in imaginative play in the woods, hike to the lake, rent a canoe, share a picnic lunch, get lost (and found), and share a magical evening around the bonfire with their family.

TOASTING MALVAVOS: CAMPING POEMS by Kate Kiesler

Recommended age: Four years and older.

This wonderful little collection of poems and accompanying oil paintings capture the essence of family camping and include verses celebrating pitching the tent, roasting marshmallows around the campfire, dressing in the sleeping bag, hiking through the forest, various encounters with wildlife and much more. .

ALVIN HO: ALLERGIC TO CAMPING, HIKING AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS By Lenore Mirada

Recommended age: Six years and older.

Alvin is a friendly second grader who (like Scaredy Squirrel) is afraid of everything, especially having to go camping with his father. Despite his reservations and a calamity of mistakes, and thanks to the support of his father and his little sister (who ends up crashing the trip), Alvin’s camping trip is a surprising success. This is the second book in the Alvin Ho chapter book series and just like the first, it is sure to make you laugh out loud.