There’s plenty of summer left, and many families are making the most of it by heading for the great outdoors! Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or in your own backyard – or even your living room! – these camping-themed picture books are sure to be a hit! Don’t forget the s’mores!
Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
Bailey’s brother and sister are going on a camping trip, but Bailey is too young to go with them. To cheer him up Bailey’s parents let him go camping indoors, complete with a tent, bathtub fishing, and roasting marshmallows on the stove. The emotions in this book will resonate with kids, and the illustrations are absolutely charming. This is a sweet story that will inspire toddlers and preschoolers to have their own indoor camping adventures. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter and his dad take a camping trip – just the two of them. They have a few mishaps along the way, but Dad is always there to smooth things out. This endearing tale of a father-son camping trip is packed with humor and heart.
Toasting Marshmallows by Kristine O’Connell George and Kate Kiesler
This beautiful collection of poems – 30 in all – bring to life all the wondrous aspects of camping in the great outdoors. The poems – sometimes humorous, often heartfelt, and always magical – are accompanied by gorgeous painted illustrations. This book will call forth memories of camping trips past, or inspire you to create new ones.
Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey and H.A. Rey
In this entertaining installment in the Curious George series, George and the man with the yellow hat go on a camping trip. On his way to fetch a bucket of water for their campsite, George wanders off and gets himself into a whole heap of mischief. But when George spots a small forest fire, he acts quickly and ends up saving the day!
A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Early one morning, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee hitch up the trailer and head for the great outdoors. But they get more than they bargained for when a curious bear finds their campsite! I’m a huge Chris Van Dusen fan and this book does not disappoint. The rhymes are energetic and the hand-painted illustrations are vivid and detailed.