Books for National Campfire Day

Who doesn't love a good story around the campfire?

Updated July 21, 2023
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Adventuring Together How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids
Eskridge, Greta.
A modern, practical, and inspiring guide to creating deep heart connections with kids by regularly creating new experiences and intentional adventures together. Parents today complain of fragmented relationships with their kids. What parents yearn for--and their kids too--is...
Camp creepy
White, Kiersten
The third book in the middle-grade series that's part Scooby-Doo, part A Series of Unfortunate Events, and entirely genius! Follow the Sinister-Winterbottoms on their most outrageous adventure yet, when they find themselves at a normal summer camp! After leaving the...
Camp Scare
Dawson, Delilah S.
An eerie, twisty ghost story about twelve-year-old Parker, who only wants a summer of fun and new friendship at sleepaway camp but ends up finding a nightmare instead! Don't forget your flashlight. . . . Parker Nelson can't wait for summer camp. She'll have fun and...
Campfire stories
Miedoso, Andres
Desmond Cole goes camping and tells some scary campfire stories in the eighth book of the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series! Camping with Desmond Cole is a lot of fun, until he starts telling ghost stories around the campfire. Most kids tell creepy stories that are totally fake,...
Campfire stories
White, Jamie.
Nothing turns a backyard camp-out from yawn to "Yowza!" like a few scary stories. When their repertoire of shadow puppets is exhausted, Martha (the talking dog from PBS's hit TV showMartha Speaks)and her friends decide to share some science-fiction stories--the creepier the better! Martha...
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee
Van Dusen, Chris.
The second book in the much-loved series about Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee! Chris Van Dusen books are always a delight, combining playful rhyming text with bright, comical artwork that's alive with color and detail. In their new...
Dark waters
Arden, Katherine
An Indie Bestseller! Filled with chills, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Arden's latest installment in the creep-tastic Small Spaces Quartet is sure to haunt. Until next time. That was chilling promise made to Ollie, Coco and Brian after...
Ecology for kids : science experiments and activities inspired by awesome ecologists, past and present
Heinecke, Liz Lee
Aspiring young ecologists will discover an amazing group of role models and memorable experiments in Ecology for Kids, the fifth book in The Kitchen Pantry Scientist series.
Fearsome creatures of the lumberwoods : 20 chilling tales from the wilderness
Johnson, Hal
Meet the snoligoster, who feeds on the shadows of its victims. The whirling whimpus, who once laid low an entire Boy Scout troop. And the hoop snake, who can chase prey at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and then, with one sting of its venomous tail, cause it to turn purple, swell up, and-...
Gone fishing : a novel in verse
Wissinger, Tamera Will.
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he's none too pleased: "Where's my stringer? / Something's wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!" All ends well in this winsome book of poems--each labeled with its proper...
Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
Louv, Richard.
 The Book That Launched an International Movement   "An absolute must-read for parents." --The Boston Globe   "It rivals Rachel Carson's Silent Spring." --The Cincinnati Enquirer   "I...
An occasionally happy family
Burke, Cliff
Gordon Korman meets The Great Outdoors in this funny and moving debut about a boy who goes on a disastrous family vacation (sweltering heat! bear chases!) that ends with a terrible surprise: his dad's new girlfriend. There are zero reasons for Theo Ripley to look...
Outdoor kids in an inside world : getting your family out of the house and radically engaged with nature
Rinella, Steven
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . "An imperative call to action" (Nick Offerman)to get children off their screens and into nature, with tips for bonding activities that teach the importance of outside timeand build tough, curious, competent kids-from thehost of the Netflix series and podcast...
Pete the Cat goes camping
Dean, James
New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes readers along for an outdoor adventure with Pete the Cat! In Pete the Cat Goes Camping, Pete can't wait to go hiking, fishing, and eat s'mores by the campfire. But when he hears about the mysterious creature named Bigfoot,...
Pete the Cat goes camping
Dean, James
Summer according to Humphrey
Birney, Betty G.
In his sixth adventure, Humphrey heads off for the great outdoors. When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he panics. School ends? What's a classroom hamster to do if he's not in school? But as it turns out, there's something thrilling in store for Humphrey and Og the frog: going to Camp Happy...
What's Wild Outside Your Door? : Discovering Nature in the City
Wohlleben, Peter.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees and Can You Hear the Trees Talking? comes a guide to finding nature in the city for kids 8-12. Features STEM activities, fun facts, quizzes, photographs, and more. You...
Wild nights out : the magic of exploring the outdoors after dark
Salisbury, Chris
"The book gives adults ideas for activities to get kids outside after the sun goes down, from night hikes to trapping moths. It's also a fascinating meditation on humans' relationship with darkness."--Outside  "A fun, inventive adventure guide about helping children explore nature...

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