The Best Children’s Books About the Outdoors to Read With Your Kids

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Want to prepare your kids for an outdoor adventure? Need some tips for getting ready for camping or what to do while there? Whether you’re looking for some real-life advice or a story to read around the fire pit, you’re sure to find some great options on this list of 10 kids’ books about the great outdoors!


Just Camping Out by Mercer Mayer.Camping children's book


Little Critter has been entertaining the preschool crowd since 1975. In this edition, Little Critter and his little sister have a camping adventure in their own backyard. This is a great book to introduce little ones to the idea of camping. Get it on AMAZON!



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

Outdoor kids camping book


This fun book goes through the alphabet letter by letter describing different things you’ll see, places you’ll go and adventures you’ll have in the great outdoors. “A is for Adventure. Let’s camp from A to Z. On mountains and deserts or beaches, if you want to have fun, follow me!” Along with fun little rhymes like this, you’ll find helpful info and descriptions of different camping locales.Get it on AMAZON!

  I Took a Walk by Henry Cole

Hiking kids book


A beautifully illustrated picture book about a walk through the wilderness. This book invites kids to “find a place to sit and watch and listen” on their own wilderness adventure with fold-out flaps containing lists of plants, animals and bugs to look for. This would be a great book to read at a picnic in the park.Get it on AMAZON!



A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

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A lively rhyming story book about some zany adventures with a camper and his dog, Dee! The pictures in this delightful book are amazing and the storyline is just so fun. There’s adventure, danger, a bear and marshmallows, who could ask for more?Get it on AMAZON!


 The Story of Elmer in Yosemite by Richard Barna

Cover with alden tall pages


Camping in Yosemite is one adventure I love! This book makes it look and sound pretty intriguing! After reading this story of a little lost boy that’s been passed down for generations, I can’t wait to tell it to my own kids around the campfire. And don’t forget to check out the Yosemite travel tips included at the end.Get it on AMAZON!

Tips, tricks and activity guides


The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer

kids outdoor adventure


“448 Great things to do in nature before you grow up.” From outdoor games, to garden recipes to making ice sculptures, this book has plenty ideas to get kids of the preschool and elementary set (and their families) outside and having fun year round!Get it on AMAZON!



Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids’ Guide by Lynn Brunelle

Kids campout



This practical guide will help your school aged kids get ready for camping. With chapters like “Gearing Up,” “Camping Skills,” and “Letting Loose,” kids will find all the information they need to pack, set up camp, cook some food and have some fun!Get it on AMAZON!


Sleeping in a Sack by Linda White

Camping with kids book


Another fun how-to guide for getting kids ready for camping. This book is geared for kids a little younger than “Camp Out” but still chock full of practical and helpful tips, tricks and ideas.Get it on AMAZON!




Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids by Linda Whitekids camp cooking book



The author of Sleeping in a Sack brings us a book full of fun and yummy recipes for kids to make and eat on their camping adventure. I really appreciated the emphasis on safety in this book, outdoor cooking must be done carefully, especially with kids involved and this book gives helpful tips for keeping those kids safe. Get it on AMAZON!


The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature by Helen Olsson

parents guide to camping with kids


This book is more for the parents – whether you’ve been camping your whole life or this will be your first time, camping with kids is whole different ball of wax. This guide will get YOU ready after you’ve read the other books and gotten the kids ready. Get it on AMAZON!


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