This list is arranged from younger to older books. Camping resource books and games are near the bottom!
A graphically stunning introduction to constellations for the youngest readers, following the meteoric rise of global bestseller Seeing Stars
This stylish, informative board book helps younger children identify six of the most recognizable animal constellations from The Great Bear to the The Southern Fish. Each constellation is introduced as a cluster of stars with its connected-line shape; readers then guess the animal through a series of read-aloud clues. A full animal illustration gatefold reveals the answer, accompanied by extra information about the constellation and its important stars. Perfect for bedtime stargazing!
Introduce your toddler to camping with this colorful alphabet primer featuring themes from the great outdoors.
An engaging collection of 26 illustrations featuring campground favorites from Campfires and Hammocks to S'mores and Wildlife. Illustrator Greg Paprocki's popular BabyLit alphabet board books feature his classically retro midcentury art style that's proven to be a hit with both toddlers and adults. Discover new details in each illustration with every successive reading.
Inside the tent it's cozy, but what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight!
A charming story told solely through images: Through neatly drawn illustrations and a spare yet dramatic color palette, artist Lizi Boyd offers an enchanting exploration of night, nature, and art with Flashlight. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.
• A wordless storybook with stunning visuals that aims to lighten the fear of the dark and the noises that come with it
• Book inspires the imagination and creativity in young minds
• Lizi Boyd is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Inside Outside and Flashlight, and also creates papers, ribbons, cards, and other works of delight
"Flashlight allows readers to experience the wonder and excitement of nighttime exploration in the woods and wordlessly entices readers to explore the hidden nature outside their own homes." —The Busy Librarian
• Appeals to readers of all ages with the calming, yet adventurous tone
• Books for kids ages 5-6
• Children's picture books for preschool through first grade
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Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019
A 2019 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids
Imagination meets reality in this poetic and tender ode to childhood, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner, John Rocco.
Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond.
Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire.
But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother. And the most different thing of all . . . this year, a tiger comes to the woods.
With lyrical prose and dazzling art, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi and Caldecott-honor winning artist John Rocco have created a moving and joyful ode to growing up.
Curious George Goes Camping is an entertaining story of the Great Outdoors based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!
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Monster proves he’s not that great in the great outdoors in this heartwarming tale of camping and friendship by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood.
It takes a little convincing, but with the promise of food, Monster decides to join Mouse on a camping trip. Things quickly go awry when Mouse takes off to explore, because, well, Monster gets hungry. He starts with just a little snack—the lantern. And the sleeping bags are hard to resist. Then the tent . . .
Stranded in the wild with no supplies, what are a monster and a mouse to do?
Join these friends on an unforgettable camping trip, perfect for reading snuggled in a sleeping bag or curled on a couch.
Ernestine has never been camping before, but she’s sure it will be lots of fun . . . won’t it? An endearing story about a girl’s first experience with the great outdoors.
My aunt Jackie invited me to go camping with her and my cousin Samantha this weekend. I’ve never been camping before, but I know I will love it.
Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (new sleeping bag! new flashlight! special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives. But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone? In an energetic illustrated story about a first sleepover under the stars, acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories (and a newfound taste for s’mores).
The second book in the much-loved Mr. Magee series
A new adventure with Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee: In A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when along comes a lumbering, marshmallow-loving bear and the excitement begins. The next thing the two campers know, they are plunging down a mountain, racing down a river, and teetering on the edge of a waterfall! How will Mr. Magee and Dee find their way out of this slippery situation?
• Filled with charming, vibrant illustrations and playful, rhyming text.
• Chris Van Dusen is the author and illustrator of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee
Fans of the Mr. Magee series, Llama Llama Loves Camping and Curious George Goes Camping will love this outdoor adventure with Mr. Magee.
A lesson on overcoming obstacles with an easy to follow storyline, fun illustrations, and likable characters
• A fun read-aloud for families and elementary story time
• Books for kids ages 3-6
• Books for early and emergent readers
Bruce and Betty were going camping. Bailey had to stay home. "You're too little," said his brother. "You can go in a few years," said his sister. But Bailey didn't want to wait. And, with the help of Mama and Papa, Bailey went camping right where he was!
Five in the tent! A camping trip with Maisy turns into a slapstick comedy of errors in this hilarious picture-book adventure.
The #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series is ready to whisk you away through time with Jack and Annie--this time to the Yosemite National Park!
Jack and his sister, Annie, must go to California! They must look at nature! They must save the wilderness!
Bad Kitty is headed for a camp experience like no other in the eleventh installment of Nick Bruel's bestselling Bad Kitty chapter book series.
Kitty’s life is really hard. Like really, REALLY hard. All she asks for is twenty-two hours a day to sleep and food to be delivered morning and night. But does she get it? No. And when Puppy and Baby get a little rambunctious during her naptime, Kitty gets bonked on the head and starts to believe she’s . . . a dog.
This new dynamic freaks out Puppy, so he’s sent away to Uncle Murray’s Camp for Stressed-Out Dogs to relax with other canine campers.
But guess who sneaks along?
Still believing she’s a dog, Kitty fits right in. That is until she and Uncle Murray encounter a bear, and then the feline claws come out.
Bad Kitty Camp Daze is perfect for any kid with or without camping experience.
"Will satisfy [Bad Kitty's] millions of fans with plenty of cat-titude and feline foolishness." —Kirkus Reviews
"A must-have for early chapter book readers." —School Library Journal
Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P. D. Eastman’s Big Dog . . . Little Dog—are back in an all-new Beginner Book written and illustrated by P. D.’s son, Peter Eastman!
A "playful, delightfully illustrated verse narrative" (Kirkus) about two siblings who take on the great outdoors with their young-at-heart grandfather. Exuberantly illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell and filled with a variety of poetic forms, this camping romp is packed with family humor and adventure.
Badges are better when you earn them together! The Mouse Scouts are ready to earn a new badge . . . but can they make it in the wild without their fearless leader?
Louie and Ralphie discover that camping is not easy — especially since Scoutmaster Grandpa Ratso doesn’t think they should ask for help — in the latest adventure in the Infamous Ratsos series.
Ralphie and Louie Ratso and the rest of the Big City Scouts are leaving the city to go camping for the first time. And they have a special guide: Grandpa Ratso! He was Scoutmaster when Ralphie and Louie’s dad, Big Lou, was a kid. Grandpa teaches everyone the Scouts motto he still remembers, which says that Big City Scouts are always able to solve problems without asking for help. But the Scouts soon find that figuring out how to pitch a tent, make a fire, and find their way through the woods is tough to do by themselves. In fact, not asking for help isn’t working at all! Luckily for the Scouts, someone unexpected comes along to set them all straight about what the motto really says: Scouts have the courage to ask for help and work together. Kara LaReau and Matt Myers team up again to combine witty text and humorous illustrations for the fourth book in the Infamous Ratsos series.
Learn to read with the classic Amelia Bedelia!
Ever since Amelia Bedelia made her debut in 1963, young readers have been laughing out loud at the antics of this literal-minded but charming housekeeper.
Amelia Bedelia has never been camping in the great outdoors before. She's trying her best to do exactly as she's told, but pitching a tent is not the same as throwing it into the bushes, and catching a fish with your bare hands isn't easy. As usual, the mixed-up housekeeper makes this camping trip one hugely entertaining adventure. This Level 2 I Can Read is perfect for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.
"No child can resist Amelia [Bedelia] and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language—and no adult can fail to notice that she's usually right when she's wrong."—The New York Times Book Review
Elementary-school kids love Jeff Brown’s classic character, Flat Stanley—the amazing paper-thin boy who can slide under doors, fly like a kite, and travel by mail.
In his latest fun-filled adventure, Flat Stanley Goes Camping, Stanley and the Lambchop family take a trip to the woods. It gets a little scary when Stanley and his brother, Arthur, run away from a skunk—and straight toward the edge of a cliff!
Flat Stanley Goes Camping is an I Can Read book designed to engage and excite child readers. It is a Level 2 book, which means it is perfect for kids who are starting to read on their own but still need some help.
Here's the second book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers.
Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything, is back, and his worst fear has come true: he has to go camping. What will he do exposed in the wilderness with bears and darkness and . . . pit toilets? Luckily, he’s got his night-vision goggles and water purifying tablets and super-duper heavy-duty flashlight to keep him safe. And he’s got his dad, too.
From Lenore Look and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham comes a drop-dead-funny and touching series with a truly unforgettable character.
“Shares with Diary of a Wimpy Kid the humor that stems from trying to manipulate the world.” —Newsday
“Alvin’s a winner.” —New York Post
The backyard campout is tonight. Jada and Jamal Perkins have never slept in a tent before. Neither have their best friends, Carlita Garcia and Josh Cornell. Camping is going to be so much fun. Or is it? It’s really dark in the backyard. And what’s that noise? It’s coming from the bushes.
Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Scrunch! Scrunch! Scrunch!
Will an unexpected visitor ruin the Bradford Street Buddies campout under the stars? Grab a flashlight and find out in this neighborhood adventure.
Three goofy cats explore the great outdoors in book four of this hilarious graphic chapter book series, perfect for fans of Squish and Bad Kitty!
Mr. Pants really wants to be a Rugged Ranger—or so he thinks. Shooting bows and arrows sounds like tons of fun, but hiking and camping? Not so much. His sister Foot Foot, on the other hand, can’t wait to test out her wilderness skills. There’s just one problem: Girls aren’t allowed to join the Rangers! Their nature know-how is put to the test when the siblings have to survive an overnight camping trip with their Ranger Leader uncle and unruly cousins.
Don’t miss the first three Mr. Pants adventures: Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time!,Mr. Pants: Slacks, Camera, Action!, and Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet!
Life is never boring when your best friend is a unicorn! The latest installment in this bestselling series is full of mischief, magic and adventure — as well as an important reminder to always stay true to yourself.
School’s out, so Phoebe and her unicorn best friend, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, have the entire summer to play games, visit the pool, and even go camping. Unicorn horns are excellent utensils for roasting things over the campfire, too, even if Marigold prefers toasted apples to s’mores. While exploring in the woods, Phoebe and friends meet a unicorn named Alabaster, who uses a special video game console that’s powered by plants. Throughout her summer adventures, Phoebe learns that being cool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that it’s much better to be your true self. It’s all part of the unforgettable experience of Camping with Unicorns.
Whether in the rugged backcountry or a suburban backyard, kids can experience the sense of personal independence and self-confidence that come from outdoor proficiency, while also developing a deeper connection to and understanding of the natural world.
Full of fun facts, engaging prompts, and playful illustrations by Brainstorm, Happy Trails! is the perfect journal for National Parks lovers.
Show off your devotion to the National Parks with this irresistible, fact-filled journal! Illustrations of iconic landmarks from across the Parks system -- from Joshua Trees and glaciers to the Grand Canyon -- set the stage for your next adventure. With fun facts and offbeat trivia sprinkled throughout, this journal is the perfect place to journal, taking notes, and jotting down to-do lists.
This journal features:
- Full-color illustrated flexi binding with rounded corners throughout.
- Lined and blank interior pages, printed on woodfree paper.
- Full-color illustrations throughout.
- 40 National Parks facts.
Smart, short, and irresistibly illustrated, This Is a Book for People Who Love National Parks is a park-by-park celebration of the American outdoors.
For devoted park-goers and casual campers alike, this charming guide is nothing short of a celebration of America's natural wonders. An introduction to the storied history of the Parks Service is paired with engaging profiles of each of the sixty-one National Parks, from Acadia to Zion and everything in between. Quirky facts and key dates are woven throughout, while refreshingly modern illustrations capture the iconic features of each majestic setting. Deeply researched but not too serious, This Is a Book for People Who Love National Parks is an essential addition to every park lover's field library.
Whether you're taking the kids camping for a weekend, a week or even longer, this is the perfect addition to your gear - offering delicious, easy-to-make food the whole family will love.
Camping is all about simplicity, being outdoors and taking the best from your surroundings. Away from the humdrum routine that cooking for a family at home becomes, Tiff and Jim Easton show how outdoor cooking can be a great adventure.
Wake up and try Barbecued Strawberry Croissants, for example, made with fresh, local strawberries in the early morning sunshine; cook Fish Kebabs for lunch after a long walk along the beach; make a Lamb & Aubergine Tagine to eat around a campfire as the sun sets; and share Chocolate Fondue with Toasted Fruit & Marshmallows afterwards.
Use the meal plans, shopping lists and tips on preparing ahead to make your campsite cooking wonderfully simple. And discover recipes that make the best of the fresh, local produce available - whether it's locally caught fresh fish or foraged mushrooms.
You may have to compromise on comfort, and you may have to walk across a muddy field to get to a cold shower, but with mouth-watering meals, cooked using a few pots and pans from home, you'll be able to sit back and enjoy time with your friends and family.
With over 85 family-friendly feasts that all work on a gas stove, barbecue or open fire, this book is an indispensable accessory to any camping trip.
Packed with expert information and inspiring photography, The Camping Life is the perfect invitation to leave the noise and screens behind—if only for a single night—and reconnect with nature.
From choosing a destination and staying safe to what to cook and doing it on a budget, this guide provides fun advice for tent camping, car camping, and backpacking.
Ever wanted to go camping, but had no idea where to start? Need to unplug, but not sure what to do? Do you have childhood memories of camping bliss, but no idea how to do it on your own? Sleeping Bags to S'mores has you covered!
From two expert writers on camping and backpacking, this book covers everything you need to know about how to go camping. From picking a destination and what to pack to how to deal with wildlife (including kids), sporty guides Heather and Will Rochfort will show you the way. Sleeping Bags to S'mores is everything you need to know to have the relaxing, fun-filled camping experience you're looking for, and it includes 100 entertaining full-color illustrations.
Don't just survive, thrive in the great outdoors This handy guidebook provides unique tips and tricks to transform any camping trip into a glamping vacay, including defense against weather extremes, hygiene hacks, and unplugged entertainment options. With bold photos and infographics, step-by-step projects, and expert instructions, OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GUIDES will have first-time campers and enthusiasts alike opting outside.
A sweet and sticky game for the whole family!
S'mores Wars is a fast-paced, competitive, card-drafting game of cute food with a dark twist. In a race to collect the perfect s'more, you must sic marshmallows against your opponents' to squish, chomp, and toast them—before yours are smashed themselves! 3–5 players battle for best ingredients to create the s'mores with the highest scores. In the end, the player with the most points wins the S'mores Wars!
If you like playing rock-paper-scissors or the card game War—or enjoy eating s'mores—you'll love this game!
• Ages 8+, 3–5 players
• Quick and easy to play and replay (games last 15–30 minutes)
• Contents: 25 Battle cards, 55 Ingredient cards, 20 round selection tokens, 5 Tiebreaker cards, 1 game board, instructions
• Perfect for fans of fast-paced card games like Go Nuts for Donuts, Slamwich, and Sushi Go! as well as strategic games like Exploding Kittens
• Packaged in a lightweight, travel-friendly box, this is a great portable game to take camping or on a family vacation—or play it at home for a fun yet competitive game night.
Funko Games (formerly Forrest-Pruzan Creative) is a game invention, design, and play-testing studio based in Seattle, WA. They have invented dozens of games for Cranium, Mattel, Wonder Forge Games, Hasbro, Spinmaster, Pressman, Cardinal, and more.
This handsome roll-up game combines convenience with style. It features a canvas board and a snap-on vegan leather pouch for storing pieces, and rolls up—just like a Pendleton blanket—for swift storage and easy travel.
Bring family and friends together for hours of entertainment and real social interaction. The Big Book of Family Games: 101 Original Group Games That Don't Need Charging brings people together for hours of hilarious, interactive, technology-free fun that requires virtually nothing more than pens and paper. This travel-friendly book guarantees hours of engaging entertainment with 101 original, rigorously tested games that challenge each player's ability to strategize, bluff, read minds, memorize, think quickly, solve puzzles, and more. No texting, tweeting, or web surfing allowed!
• A fresh, colorful take on classic playing cards!
• 2 vibrant decks of high-quality playing cards
• Each deck features a unique design: the back of one has a color gradient from red to green while the other has a gradient from blue to purple
• Decks are set in a deluxe rainbow tin—perfect for gifting
What's the perfect boredom buster for any occasion, be it a cozy night at home or a long family road trip? A riddle! And this irresistible little tin contains 50 of them.
• tin box with lift-off lid: 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 1-1/4"
• 51 cards: 2" x 2"
• full-color throughout
• for 2 or more players
Go Fish with Taro Gomi! The classic game of Go Fish gets the Taro Gomi treatment in this easy-to-play, undersea-themed extravaganza. Players of all ages will delight in the bright, colorful sea creatures and distinctively unique fish, from the Sea Sweeper to the Shooting Starfish, as they compete to collect the most pairs possible. Featuring Taro Gomi's signature bold and beautiful illustrations and presented in a giftable, screen-printed tin package, this card game of quirky and compelling creatures will quickly become a family favorite.
• Artwork by author and illustrator Taro Gomi, creator of more than 400 books for readers of all ages
• Classic Go Fish game with universally appealing imagery
Fans of Taro Gomi's Playful Puzzles for Little Hands or Mommy! Mommy! will love this set of cards.
This book is perfect for:
• Fans of Taro Gomi
• Gift givers seeking a card game for kids and their families
• Design savvy gift givers
• Parents seeking a one-of-a-kind Go Fish card game
BAM! POW! SNAP! This simple and fun card game based on Jason Ford's brilliant superheroes and dastardly villains is a must for all superhero fans.
With the cards divided equally and held face down, players turn over their top cards into a pile in the middle. When players turn over matching superheroes or villains, the first player to shout 'SNAP!' wins all the cards in the middle. The winner is the first player to collect all the cards. Suitable for two or more players.
Contains 52 cards, featuring 13 different superheroes and villains in matching sets of 4.
The absurdly adorable art from the New York Times bestselling picture book Stuck turns a game of Go Fish into irresistible fun for kids and parents alike!
Do you have any kites? Do you have any Floyds? Any curious whales?
This deck of oversized, kid-friendly cards is a surefire way to induce family fun, especially for fans of award-winning children's book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. A hefty cardstock box holds this deck of 52 playing cards (plus two instruction cards)--each of which is sized perfectly for little hands at 3-1/2" x 5" apiece. With a flip-top lid and Velcro closure, the package is easily portable and tear-openable for any and every game-playing moment. In addition to playing Go Fish, players will also get the instructions for two bonus games: Concentration (a memory game) and Snap (a kid-friendly card game that's similar to Slapjack).