Camping + Outdoorsy Books for Kids

Get ready!  Camping and s’more season is upon us…. (unless you live at 7000 feet and then you may still be digging out from under the snow.)
One of our favorite wedding gifts – a moveable fire pit (so we can avoid the wind!)
Since books are a love of mine that I work hard to share with my kids, I thought I would highlight a couple of our summer favorites!

A great book full of poems all about camping.  It will make you want to pack up and head out.  This is the one I plan on bringing this summer to read to the boys in the tent or around the campfire.

My favorite poem from the book (because s’mores are an integral part of camping, of course!):

Toasting Marshmallows

                                                                            BY KRISTINE O’CONNELL GEORGE

I am a careful marshmallow toaster,
a patient marshmallow roaster,
turning my stick oh-so-slowly,
taking my time, checking often.
This is art—
a time of serious reflection
as my pillowed confection
slowly reaches golden perfection.
My brother
            grabs ‘em with grubby hands
                        shoves ‘em on the stick
                                    burns ‘em to a crisp
                                                cools ‘em off
                                                            flicks soot
                                                                        eats quick.
I’m still turning my stick.
He’s already eaten six.

I think I love this book particularly because of the illustrations.  They are all quilts!  Little known fact about me – I am also a quilter (though I haven’t had much time in a few years….) and am a sucker for beautiful and cozy art.  It’s a great Dad and son story!
This is an INCREDIBLE new (came out in April 2012) book for tips on getting kids and families out camping successfully.  I am SUPER excited to share a full review in the coming weeks, AND Helen (the author) has agreed to do an interview on the blog.  But, in the meantime, get your hands on a copy! (Selling for $12.21 on Amazon currently.)  
And if you are looking for a few more great lists: has series posted: Outdoor books for Advanced Readers, Intermediate Readers, and ones to read to your small child.
What are you favorite camping/outdoorsy books??  I would love to hear!  Please feel free to link in your blogged lists of outdoorsy books if you have them!

Amelia lives with her husband and three young children in Yellowstone National Park. As a family, they believe that life is precious, short and should be lived to the fullest. That includes introducing a life of adventures for their boys in the form of skiing, hiking, biking, running, camping and lots of outdoor playing. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire others to get outside daily too with tips and tricks, stories and lots of gear reviews.


  1. I just bought my friend’s daughter the book, Do Princesses wear hiking boots by Carmela LaVigna Coyle. The author got the inspiration as they were getting ready for a hike in the Rocky Mountains. Her daughter, wearing denim coveralls, sparkling tutu, a messy t-shirt, mismatching socks and a crown askew on her head, asked the title question.

  2. I love your blog and I’m ordering Camping with Kids right now…We discovered the awesome book Antlers Forever by Frances Bloxam’ at our local Forest Service Office and it’s one of our favorites to read to our little bear cub.We also love the book ‘Babes in the woods, hiking/camping/boating with babies and young children’ by Jennifer Aist and wrote a little review (in honor of Mother’s Day, of course) on our blog yesterday.

    • HI Rebecca – thanks! I will have to check that one out (my husband works for the FS… ;)) And yes, Jennifer’s book is AWESOME – reviewed it here too! Thanks for linking up to your blog – love it!

  3. Awwww… I LOVE the Marshmallow Roasting Poem! I, too, feel s’mores are a camping must-do, and am a patient roaster :)Thanks so much for the great book ideas! Really enjoy reading w/my kids too (although my toddler son doesn’t last long with this pasttime, yet) – I will have to pick a couple of those up. Will watch for your review…Tami

  4. Hey guys, great post! I admire all you’re doing to help get kids off the screen and into the scene!

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