12 of the Finest Tenting Books For Children


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For many families, summer time means packing up the tent, rolling up sleeping bags and going on a camping trip. While there is plenty to enjoy in the great outdoors, the idea of ​​sleeping outside and cooking over the fire can be overwhelming, even for kids who have never camped before. These books will help children learn more about camping and spending time outdoors, be it their first trip or their tenth trip. From picture books for first time campers to camping guides to help older children feel included, these camping books for children will help your family have a successful getaway!

Picture books about camping

Jennifer K. Mann’s camping trip

The perfect picture book to introduce your children to the idea of ​​a camping trip. When Ernestine is invited out camping with her aunt Jackie and cousin Samantha, she is so excited! But then Ernestine finds out that some parts of camping, like swimming in a lake and sleeping in a tent, are outside of her comfort zone. She is learning to overcome her fears and have fun, and this book will help young campers do the same.

Llama Llama loves camping by Anna Dewdney

Everyone loves llama! In this adventure, Llama goes camping for the first time and learns something very important: While new things may seem scary at first, they can lead to great memories!

The Adventures of the Dowd: Summer Camping by Dineo Dowd

Based on the real-life experiences of the Dowd family, it is a story about a girl who goes camping with her puppy for the first time. It’s a great choice for school-age kids who want to learn more about how to help their families out with camping.

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Flashlight from Lizi Boyd

This wordless picture book helps children who may be afraid of the dark outside the tent. The boy in this story has a lot of fun with his flashlight trying to find out what’s going on on his family’s camping trip that night.

Let’s go for a hike! by Katrina Liu and Heru Setiawan

Stimulate your kids’ interest in spending time outdoors by reading them this rhyming picture book about a family and their pet corgi going for a hike. Kids learn all about the cool things to see and do outdoors.

S for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James and Lita Judge

With an alphabetical theme and beautiful illustrations, this book will add camping vocabulary to young readers and show them campsites in the United States. A great addition to the bookcase of any family who loves the outdoors.

A Campfire Tail by Sarah Glenn Marsh and Ana Gómez

If you know a child has gone to summer camp, this book would make a great gift. Dragon is SO HAPPY to visit Camp Wildwood, but he doesn’t seem to be a match for the rest of the campers. Instead, Dragon repeatedly knocks over boats and sets the handicrafts on fire. Read this book to find out how Dragon manages to make friends at camp!

Camp Tiger by Susan Choi and John Rocco

Every year a boy goes camping with his family on Mountain Pond, where the boy likes to watch the fish and birds near his campsite. But this year his mom is encouraging him to be more independent and explore on his own, which leads to his finding a tiger in the forest! This is a cute adventure and growing up story from the Pulitzer Prize and Caldecott Winner Writer Illustrator team.

Camping guide for children

Camp Out !: The Ultimate Children’s Guide by Lynn Brunelle

Older children will love using this book to help their families prepare for a camping trip. From simple tent pitching to camp recipes, it’s jam-packed with wilderness skills kids can learn and fun activities for the whole family.

America’s National Parks by Alexa Ward and Mike Lowery

If your family is planning to visit a national park this year, be sure to get this book for kids from the Lonely Planet team. It has lots of facts about each park, as well as maps and pictures to get the kids excited about the trip.

Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Surviving in the Wild by Denise Long

If you’re a camping family, it’s great if your kids practice some basic safety and first aid skills just in case. This book gives age-appropriate tips on how to deal with wildlife, avoid injuries and what to do if you get lost in the forest.

Ranger Rick Kids’ Guide to Camping: Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Fun from Cherie Winner

Packed with packing lists, a compass, and instructions on how to make your camping trip as fun as possible, this is a great all-round guide for older kids or families looking to start camping. With an engaging and chatty writing style and plenty of illustration, this book helps kids get on family camping trips and teach them how to safely enjoy the great outdoors.

Wherever you go this summer, take one or more of these kids’ camping books with you. Would you like to read more about nature? Check out these great picture books about nature!