Childrens Books about Camping


This summer I have the great opportunity to join Zina at Let’s Lasso the Moon and Tiffany at Peanut Blossom in Melissa & Doug’s On the Go Traveling with Kids Series. As part of our preparation, I sought out and vetted great children’s books on the topic. My most fond memories of camping trips include long stretches of reading alone and out loud. Books have always been a big part of getting outdoors to connect with nature. There is something about a book that grounds a person. So we use books as a way to introduce our children to the idea of camping, to make it fun and engaging for them. Here is my list of children’s books for camping:


When We Go Camping is perhaps my favorite. The illustrations are gorgeous and there is a rhythm to the whole book of which I want to be a part. This book truly connects a child to nature and to wildlife. There is a lot of learning within its pages. Your child will certainly be engaged in learning more after reading this book.

S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet is a sweet book introducing young children to the language of camping. Yes, that language includes “Smores”.

Fred and Ted Go Camping (Beginner Books(R)) is Peter Eastman at his best. Weaves in opposites and the idea that different approaches to doing things may just work out all right. This book is a lot of fun.

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems is a must have book of simply yet lovely poems. The book will leave you and your children with a lot of happiness. I enjoy how the author integrates sights and sounds of camping truly bringing the experience alive for kids and adults.


Do you have any favorite children’s book about camping?  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Be sure to connect with my Traveling with Kids Pinterest board too! I will be pinning all sorts of great camping posts on that board.