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Great Reads about Summer Camp

April 29th, 2014

By Jesse Levesque

Kids Camp! Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness by Laurie M. Carlson

Carlson offers innovative activities in this book that are sure to keep your little ones busy during camp outings, even on those dreadful rainy days! Kids Camp has 100+ original and clever ideas that can be done with household objects. The illustrations are very helpful and easy to understand. It’s a perfect book for children and their camp leaders.

The Kids Campfire Book by Jane Drake

This classic book by Jane Drake is filled to the brim with fun and safe games, activities, songs, and stories to host around the campfire. The fun drawings illustrate tips on picking a good campsite, telling a scary story and even how to safely build a fire. This book is great for beginner as well as experienced campers.

Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids Guide from the Backyard to the Backwoods by Lynn Brunelle

This book is a sure-fire way to keep the kids entertained: with 247 activities such as making bear bags, using a crickets’ chirp to tell the temperature and, of course, crafting the perfect s'more. The tips and tricks and activities are accompanied by cute and quirky illustrations that help young readers navigate the great outdoors.

Follow the Trail: A Young Person’s Guide to the Great Outdoors By Jessica Loy

Follow the Trail is a guide that belongs in the backpack of every budding adventurer. Learn to recognize star constellations, play new and exciting games and familiarize yourself with outdoor safety. This hands-on book is the perfect tool for experiencing outdoor adventure.

Camping By Nancy Hundal

Camping is a beautifully illustrated book that follows a family who decides to go camping rather than spend money on a fancy vacation. While the young narrator prefers to go to Disneyland at first, she warms up to chicken stew, burnt marshmallows and all the wonders of spending time with her family while camping. It’s a sweet story for parents or leaders and their young adventurers. The only thing it’s missing is mosquitos!

When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs

When We Go Camping follows a family that is enjoying the wilderness by doing a number of activities such as fishing, hiking, canoeing and swimming. The dreamy text accompanies the detailed and stunning illustrations. The book also portrays the family as safe and respectful campers who keep their distance from wildlife, safely keep their cooler away from bears and identify which berries they can eat.

Olivia Goes Camping by Alex Harvey

Olivia is excited to have her very best friend Francine come camping with her family. However, Francine isn’t as enthusiastic about the mud and the bugs. Olivia decides, in her own sassy way, that she will have to teach her how to become a nature lover. Full of laughs and lessons, this is a great book to get a reluctant camper excited about the outdoor.

Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal

Gal created a fantastic concept book that follows a young family and their venture into the wilderness. The illustrations also capture the beauty of the outdoors and Gal slipped in a few furry friends so there is something silly to spot on each page. This book is great for introducing the concept of camping to young readers.

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel decides to camp on his couch away from mosquitos and skunks because he is uncomfortable with the idea of camping. Watt creates a perfect book for those of us who need to camp at home before we bring the little ones to the forest. With quirky illustrations and a silly story, this book is sure to make more than one appearance in your living room tent.

Jesse Levesque is a Children’s Services Library Technician at the Fort McMurray Public Library.

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