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10 Camping Books for Kids

10 Camping Books for Kids

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.

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.

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

24 Patriotic Books for Kids

24 Patriotic Books for Kids

From a very young age, we have introduced new topics to our girls through seasonal activities and stacks of books. Whether we are learning about the beach, the solar system, or U.S. History, my girls love pouring over books from the library to discover new ideas.

During the month of June, we’ll be focusing our family read-aloud time on topics related to American history, symbols, and famous citizens who have impacted our nation. This list of patriotic books is by no means the “ultimate guide,” but it will hopefully give you a starting point when you go to the library or book store.

Note: I suggest you read through these books (or any history book) personally before reading them aloud to your children or sitting them out for independent reading time. Our nation’s history is full of war, tragedy, and unfair events. While I always answer my daughters’ questions honestly, I also strive not to expose them to things they are not yet ready for emotionally.

24 Patriotic Books for Kids | Take this list of recommended books to the library for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and President's Day read-aloud options.

Patriotic Books for Kids

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Alexander Hamilton: A Plan for America by Sarah Albee

The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong

Flags and Seals by Erinn Banting

Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? by Teresa Bateman

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

The Children’s Book of America by William J. Bennett

Smart About the Fifty States by Jon Buller, et al.

The Wall by Eve Bunting

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz

You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz

This Little President : A Presidential Primer by Joan Holub

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

Across America, I Love You by Christine Loomis

Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsy Maestro

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

We the People: The Constitution of the United States of America by Peter Spier

So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George

The United States Flag by Amanda Doering Tourville

Just Like Abraham Lincoln by Bernard Waber

The History of the White House by Kate Waters

Finding new books at the library can be a fun way to kick off a study of U.S. history! You can click here for our favorite patriotic resources and a simple sensory bin or here to download our Patriotic Family Activity Guide with 35 learning ideas for kiddos ages 2-6.

What are your family’s favorite patriotic books?

14 Absolutely Fantastic Beach Books for Kids

14 Absolutely Fantastic Beach Books for Kids

For the first few years of our daughters’ lives, we didn’t live anywhere close to the beach. We made the occasional two-hour trip to Corpus Christi from San Antonio, but it certainly didn’t happen frequently. During most of their early childhood, the majority of what they knew about sand and waves came from beach books we borrowed from the library!

When we moved to Iowa, we ended up just a few miles away from a beach on a lake. While it’s not quite the ocean, our daughters have been able to experience the fun of dripping wet sand off their fingers, collecting shells and cool rocks, listening to the waves crash on the shore, and dipping their toes into the cold water.

This summer, we plan on spending a lot of our break out on the beach, trying some fun beach-themed STEM projects. I know my youngest daughter, a non-fiction lover, will want to learn more about the tides and erosion and WHY everything happens the way it does. My older daughter will probably ask to learn more about the wildlife that lives in and near the lake, so we’ll be heading to the library for more beach books to satisfy their interests.

Here is a list of the best beach books we have found over the years. Most are great for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers!

14 Absolutely Fantastic Beach Books for Kids | Finding good books for kids can be tricky, but this list of beach books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will give you a starting point for your next library trip!

Beach Books for Kids

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Beach by Elisha Cooper

The Boy on the Beach by Niki Daly

Llama Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney

On My Beach by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich

Beach Day! by Anahid Hamparian

Sally in the Sand by Stephen Huneck

Miranda’s Beach Day by Holly Keller

Find It at the Beach by Dee Phillips

Beach Feet by Lynn Reiser

Beach Days by Ken Robbins

At the Beach by Anne and Harlow Rockwell

Beach Day by Karen Roosa

Summer Beach Day by Liesbet Slegers

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

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