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The Great Outdoors

Camping and hiking books for kids

The summer doesn’t have to be a drag because of the pandemic. How about hiking and camping? The whole family can move and have fun while observing social distancing guidelines! The books on this list tell inspiring stories and offer practical advice for enjoying the great outdoors.

Note: All titles are linked to their physical copies, and many are available as library e-books or e-audiobooks with OverDrive and its app Libby. 
The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann

Aunt Jackie and Cousin Samantha invite Ernestine to go camping for the first time and Dad says yes! Ernestine can’t wait, but she has a few things to learn…and a few fears to conquer.  Ages 4-7.

Cool Backyard Camping: Great Things to Do in the Great Outdoors by Alex Kuskowski

Cool tips and color photos give kids lots of ideas for their next outdoor adventure. Recipes for s’mores and ideas for shadow puppet theater will surely delight young camping enthusiasts. Part of the Cool Great Outdoors series. Ages 7-12.
Hike a Mountain by K.C. Kelley

A simple introduction to the joys of hiking for the very young reader. Full of inspiring color photographs. Ages 3-6.

Hike by Pete Oswald

A young boy and his dad go for a hike in the wilderness and have a big adventure. This beautifully illustrated book is wordless, so children of all ages can make up their own stories. All ages.

Hiking by Julie K. Lundgren

Packed with color photographs and fun tips, this book offers general advice for young hikers. Kids will learn about proper gear, trail safety, and much more. Ages 7-12.

Hiking Day by Anne F. Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

A little girl goes for an autumn hike with her mom and dad. Wild animals and interesting plants line the way to the top of Hickory Hill. Ages 4-7.

Kids’ Guide to Camping: All You Need to Know About Having Fun in the Outdoors by Cherie Winner
From Ranger Rick and the National Wildlife Federation, this guide offers detailed information for beginning campers. Checklists, diagrams, and a small working compass make this book a go-to for young explorers. Ages 8 and up.

Let’s Go Hiking by John McKinney

Advancing readers will enjoy this Level 3 Easy Reader, which explains hiking in-depth. Sections such as map reading skills and a recipe for GORP are included. Ages 7-11.

Pedro Goes Wild! by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Pedro and his father go for a hike together in this easy reader (a type of book aimed at helping new readers sharpen their skills). Adorable illustrations and two bonus pages of jokes make it even more fun. Ages 6-8.

The Trail by Meika Hashimoto
Toby and his best friend hatch a plan to hike a dangerous segment of the Appalachian Trail. But will their friendship survive the tests of the wilderness? This adventure novel will get older kids excited about hiking and remind them of the need to have fun responsibly. Ages 8 and up.