If this will be your first camping trip with your kids, they might have many questions about your upcoming adventures. Will you be living in a camping tent or a relaxing cottage resort? What will you do, and what will you eat? Will they have a chance to make new friends?
If you want your kids to know more about what camping is like, or if you are simply feeling nostalgic about the camping trips of your own childhood, go ahead and choose one of these camping books to read:
1. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
When Mr. Magee and his dog Dee decide to go on a camping trip, they embark on an exciting and unexpected adventure. They encounter a nearsighted bear who loves marshmallows, and they end up teetering on the edge of a waterfall.
This book features beautiful and colourful illustrations, and the storyline is easy to follow. It’s a perfect camping book for kids from 3 to 6 years old.
You can purchase A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee at the Amazon website.
2. Curious George Goes Camping by Margret & H.A. Reys
If your kids love Curious George, they will enjoy following his camping adventures. This is one of the best camping books for children. George is excited about his camping trip, but unfortunately, he ends up getting lost in the woods. Of course, he will end up saving the day and having some fun.
Kids between 3 and 5 years old will enjoy this charming story, and just like this curious little monkey, they will be looking forward to eating roasted marshmallows while sitting around the campfire.
You can purchase Curious George Goes Camping at the Amazon website.
3. Camping by Nancy Hundal
Nancy and her family had different plans for their summer vacation, but because of financial problems, they end up on a campsite instead. They are not excited about it at first, but they soon discover the joys of camping.
This book features vibrant paintings that effectively convey different atmospheres. The story will be enjoyed by kids who are at least 5 years old.
You can purchase Camping at the Amazon website.
4. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel lives in the woods… but he is afraid of the woods. Since he is not interested in going camping, he plans on sitting on his couch to watch a TV show about camping instead. But he will need to go into the woods to find an electrical outlet to plug his brand new TV!
Like many camping books in this list, this funny story is told through cartoon illustrations, and will be enjoyed by kids between 4 and 8 years old.
You can purchase Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping at the Amazon website.
5. S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James
This is not a simple alphabet book. Each page features a letter with beautiful illustrations, but also some insightful texts about a variety ot camping related topics.
This book is a fun and informative guide that will help kids 6 years and older, as well as grown ups, make the most of each of their camping adventures.
You can purchase S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet at the Amazon website.
6. When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs
This book tells the story of a family who finds many different ways to keep busy during their camping trip. They chop wood for the fire, prepare meals, swim in the lake, climb some rocks, and learn about the different animals that live in the woods.
Unlike some of the other camping books, this selection may be more suitable for a slightly older audience. The beautiful paintings featured in this book will teach kids from 6 to 9 years old how to distinguish the tracks of different animals.
You can purchase When We Go Camping at the Amazon website.
7. Stella and Roy Go Camping by Ashley Wolff
Stella and Roy are two siblings who go on a camping trip with their mom. Roy keeps insisting he is seeing bear tracks, but his sister who owns a tracking book tells him he is mistaken… until he isn’t.
This book has beautiful illustrations, and contains interesting information about many different animals and birds. Kids between 4 and 9 years old will find it interesting.
You can purchase Stella and Roy Go Camping at the Amazon website.
8. Angelina and Henry by Katharine Holabird
Angelina Ballerina the mouse and her cousin Henry are going on a camping trip with their Uncle Louie. Unfortunately, the two little mice end up getting lost in the woods after living different adventures, but Angelina has what it takes to get them back to their campsite.
The beautiful, detailed illustrations really help bring this charming story to life. Kids between 2 and 4 years old are the ones who should enjoy this book the most.
You can purchase Angelina and Henry at the Amazon website.
9. Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams
This fascinating book tells the story of two kids and two moms who decide to buy a red canoe and to go on a camping trip. Their exciting adventures are complemented by campfire recipes, instructions on how to tie knots, and other useful information.
This book can be enjoyed by kids between 4 and 8 years old, but you should also be inspired by the enthusiasm of the four characters.
You can purchase Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe at the Amazon website.