May 16, 2013

The Julia's Bookbag BIG BIG Guide to Camp Books!

You ready friends? Ready to go camping with your kidlets? IN MAY? Yeah?

I don't know what I'm thinking either. I've just been having this wave of nostalgia for camping, despite the fact that I have only camped maybe twice in my life. Basically all I know of camping is the cabin and tent scenes in the original Disney film, 'The Parent Trap', with Hayley Mills.

But that hasn't stopped me from putting together a big huge camping booklist for kids, OH NO. Here we go!

First up, I've got some camping activity books for you. Because as we all know, you can't just let kids RUN WILD WITHOUT ANY STRUCTURE OUT IN NATURE. But all kidding aside, these selections I've chosen are packed full of fun information, games, activities, and Terribly Useful Knowledge about the great outdoors.

1.) Trekking on a Trail (Hiking Adventures for Kids). 2.) The Kids Campfire Book. 3.) The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids. 4.) Sleeping in a Sack (Camping Activities for Kids).

Some picture books! For the preschool-and-under crowd and younger elementary kids. I can't tell you how many times my kiddo and I read the 'Curious George' story when she was between 3 and 4 years old.

5.) S is for S'mores. 6.) Curious George Goes Camping. 7.) Froggy Goes to Camp. 8.) Camping.

And we've got a couple of selections for older kids, 8 and up. I've never read the 'My Side of the Mountain' trilogy, have you? I think I'm going to read it on my own this summer. It seems like a classic that I should have under my belt. I might learn what to do if left alone in the middle of a forest, which I intend to never let happen in my lifetime, but you just never know.

9.) The Camping Trip That Changed America. 10.) My Side of the Mountain. (I've included the link to all three of the books in the series.)

Lastly, some silly fun for beginning readers. You can never go wrong with any of the P. Eastman books, or with the 'Henry and Mudge' stories. Have you read any of these? So cute!

11.) Fred and Ted Go Camping. 12.) Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night. (And speaking of a fun stargazing book, you have to see this Fancy Nancy story. It's really got a great deal of cool
constellation info in it.)

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT FRIENDS! Ready to have a summer of adventures with your kiddos?
We're totally ready, even if we only get as far as our backyard.

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16 comments:

  1. Added My Side of The Mountain to a list of books for my son, thanks!

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    1. I'm going to order it for myself to read today! Let me know how he likes it :)

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  2. We just read "S is for S'mores" at our house and I love the art work in "Camping". Good choices. I read "My Side of the Mountain" as a tween, and LOVED it, but when I read the later books as an adult I wasn't as impressed. I'm interested to find out what you think of them.
    Dana @ Project Day

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    1. Thanks Dana! Maybe I'll just read the first book in the series and call it good :)

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  3. I won a copy of The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids from Roost Books, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet! As much as my husband loves camping, I think he's scared to do it with kids. My last camping trip was with the, um, boyfriend prior to the husband and some friends, so it's been a long while for me, too! We need a tent and everything else. I want a camping trip, though!!!

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    1. I'm totally scared of camping now. The response I got from my first camping post was overwhelmingly No! Don't do it! hehe. I'll be brave and try anything (mostly) once though....

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  4. The Parent Trap camping scene was hilarious!!! Camping is not for me LOL. But great book selection! I wonder if my kids will want to go camping if I showed them those books :P

    I have never read that Curious George book! Gotta find it as my boy loves Curious George :D

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    1. Maybe everyone likes the idea of camping more than actual camping? I have one girlfriend, I think they own a camper or some kind of mini trailer and they go nearly every weekend in the summer!

      Oh the Curious George story is a MUST. SO so cute.

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  5. Hey, I didn't know My Side of the Mountain was a trilogy! I read the first one way back in the day and was trying to get my kid to read it after he read Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, since it has some similar themes. Now I have to look up the other books...just in case he might want to read them, right? (I believe this is the closest we will ever get to camping. Probably.)

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    1. Ha ha! I think everyone has the same view on camping! (don't do it) :)

      I didn't know it was a trilogy either, I thought it was a standalone story....

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  6. Awesome. I'm pinning this for future reference.

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    1. Now I'm thinking that reading about camping might satisfy my urge to do actual camping...:)

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  7. Oh! I haven't read Ted and Fred go camping, but I love them so much. I must find it. :) I am no camper, but I am certainly down with reading books about it!

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    1. Reading about something is often just as great as the real thing! #booknerdalwaysandforever

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  8. fiona wants to go camping so bad. and i am just not a camper. ugh! maybe in the backyard.

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