Camping Books for Kids 3-5

Here is a list of seven books to take along camping and outdoor adventures. Be prepared and make sure even the smallest campers stay happy campers…

Just Me and My Dad

A very cute book about a Dad and Child going camping – good for 2-5 year olds and as beginning reader for older kids. The father lets the child participate as much as possible, although things don’t always work out. The story introduces activities with just Dad and child and would be a great humorous intro for some parental bonding. The pictures are bright and have an extra cute sub-story of some little critters that follow along.

Curious George goes Camping

Our favorite monkey goes camping. George and the Man with the Yellow Hat set up a campsite and George learns about camp fires, interacting with other campers, fetching water, and SKUNKS. I had to field a lot of questions about the tomato sauce bath George gets at the end…

 Olivia goes Camping

Simple writing introduces Olivia’s friend who does not want to go camping. Olivia’s friend is worried that she will get dirty and not know what to do on her first camping trip, so this is a good introduction for younger preschoolers for their first camping trip.

Amelia Bedelia goes Camping

Amelia goes on her first camping trip. Amelia Bedelia has never been camping in the great outdoors before. She’s trying her best to do exactly as she’s told, but pitching a tent is not the same as throwing it into the bushes, and catching a fish with your bare hands isn’t easy. As usual, the mixed-up housekeeper makes this camping trip one hugely entertaining adventure.

101 Family Vacation Games

The book includes games to play at the beach, camping, in the car, on the plane, at picnics, at vacation homes, and at birthday parties. Some sample games: Word Tennis, Treasure Hunt, Pebble Pictures, Storytelling Starters.

Age level is 4 and up.

Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness

Lots of activities to get kids 5 and over interested and invested in the outdoors while camping and in the back yard.

Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games from KaBOOM!

Comprehensive collection of all the outdoor games we played as kids – and have forgotten the rules to. Rediscover favorites and learn new games from around the world. A lot of the games are for 5+ year olds, but can be adapted to younger children in all sorts of settings.

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