Our first family camping experience happened on the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. After reading the Little House books together, it was an incredible feeling to be sleeping on the same ground as Laura, Mary, and Carrie with my own girls! They fell in love with camping that weekend, and we have pitched our tent in many other campgrounds since our Little House adventure.

Click here to read about our special trip to the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota.

My two girls are different as night and day. Our oldest loves to read fiction, while her little sister checks out every non-fiction book she can find about a topic she’s interested in. Whenever we go to the library, we like to grab a mix of both fiction and non-fiction books!

We are busy planning our next camping trip at the end of the summer, so we recently made a special trip to the library to grab some camping books.

Camping Books for Kids

If you're going camping with kids, these 10 great camping books will get them excited for the trip!
Make learning fun at home by reading these camping books for kids! Our list of recommended camping books includes non-fiction and fiction stories for children.

Here are our 10 recommended camping books!

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Fiction Camping Books

Camping Day by Patricia Lakin

Camping in Green (Know Your Colors) by Christianne C. Jones


Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins

Sally Goes to the Mountains by Stephen Huneck


When Daddy Took Us Camping by Julie Brillhart

Non-Fiction Camping Books

A Camper’s Guide to an Awesome Camping Trip by Marne Ventura

Camping Adventure by William R. Gray

Camping For Kids (Into the Great Outdoors) by Melanie A. Howard

Outdoor Adventures: Camping by Tatiana Tomljanovic

S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster Jams

40 Camping Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Grab our camping-themed Family Activity Guide today for a full month of hands-on learning activities, including early literacy, math, fine motor and gross motor, sensory, and more.

Check out the lesson objectives:

  • Colors: red, yellow, orange
  • Letter: C
  • Focus: fire safety, exploring nature
  • Vocabulary: outside, tree, water, fish, bug, tent,
    flashlight, mountain, campfire, backpack, trail,
    stream, sleeping bag, explore

Did your favorite camping books make the list? Leave a comment, and let me know!