7 Children’s Books about Enjoying the Great Outdoors

While I believe there’s much to be learned from books, I definitely don’t think kids should spent all their time inside with their heads down. There’s so much to be learned by getting out and experiencing the great outdoors — and you can always take your books with you!

These books celebrate camping, hiking, and spending time in nature. They’re the perfect reads to prepare for a fun outdoor excursion! Before you head outside and experience nature, enjoy a great book that will enhance your experience.

7 Children’s Books about Enjoying the Great Outdoors

7 Children's Books About Enjoying the Great Outdoors

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Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer — This is a sentimental favorite of mine, because my dad was always the one who took me fishing, hiking, and camping as a kid. Little Critter enjoys a special time camping with his dad, and does all kinds of fun things. However, the best part is getting to spend time with the father he loves.

A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dussen — Mr. Magee and his dog Dee are enjoying a peaceful camping trip — that is, until they discover they’re on the edge of a waterfall, about to go over! This silly story is fun for both parents and children alike. My second grader and kindergartner still love it when I read this one aloud.

Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret and H.A. Rey — I am sure you can guess what happens when Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat go camping: chaos! However, George’s series of crazy adventures all work out OK in the end. Preschool and young elementary children will love reading this silly story.

S is for S’mores by Helen Foster James — This book teaches so much more than the alphabet! It’s a beautiful chronicle of a family camping trip that is packed full of information about enjoying the outdoors. I recommend focusing on just the alphabet portion with younger kids, and exploring the informational sections with elementary-aged kids.

Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman — This fun Beginner Book is a silly look and camping and also an introduction to opposites. My kindergarten beginning reader can get through most of this book with just a little help, and he loves reading this one with me. It’s also a great read-aloud for preschool-aged children.

A Boy, a Dog, a Frog, and a Friend by Mercer and Marianna Meyer — This beautiful book has no words, but it definitely tells a story. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I’ve found that both very young children and older children enjoy watching the story take shape. For older kids, this is a great book to build a creative writing lesson around; I’ve challenged my boys to make up their own words for silent stories like these!

When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs — What is there to do on a camping trip? This book shows all the fun that can be had when you go camping. I love this book because it really makes you feel like you are going on a camping trip, no matter where you read it. I might love this one as much as my kids do!



Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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