I love camping. I love reading. So, this post is dedicated to books about camping. I’ll feature some kids’ books and plenty of camp cooking books.

The links below will all go to Amazon (just to keep it easier for me to make the list consistently,) but you are welcome to shop at your favorite indie book store or online retailer (such as or )  To find a local independent bookstore near you, search here:

If you use the links below, double-check that they are in the form you want: Kindle vs. paper book.

I have read some of these books, but not all.

For kids:
S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet (Alphabet Books)  This is a fun alphabet book that I’ve enjoyed. Great to read before you go camping, or even while you’re on your trip.
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee Fun! I thought I had this on my shelves, but I don’t see it now. I haven’t read it, but plan to.
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems The poet in me loved this book. Delightful camping-themed poems.

Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness (Kid’s Guide) I have read this. It would be a great resource for families to buy and keep with their camping gear.
Cooking in a Can: More Campfire Recipes for Kids (Activities for Kids) Love this one! I checked it out from the library and almost bought a copy for myself. Great for older kids.
Cooking On A Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids (Acitvities for Kids) Similar to Cooking in a Can. Very good!

The Kids Campfire Book: Official Book of Campfire Fun This is on my shelf. I’m loathe to give it up. It is a comprehensive book that shows how to start fires, contains ghost stories, and has ideas for outdoor crafts.


For adults or teens:
Camping for Beginners: the Ultimate Guide to the Best Experience in Your First Outdoor Adventure, or Starting a New Life Closer to Nature I haven’t read this, but you know you should probably check out a book or two, if you haven’t camped before.
Camping: And : Cooking: For Beginners: Tools, And, Tips, To, Living, In The, Great Outdoors, (RV Living, Hiking, Bush craft, Tents, Sleeping Bags,Everyday Wood Craft, Backpacking,Guide, Cookbooks) This looks like another good one for beginners. It’s harder to cook when you’re camping than you might think!
How NOT to RV; The Rvers Guide to RVing in the Absurd (The How NOT To Guides) I don’t know if this book is good or not, but the title and cover of it is enough to hook me!
The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature This looks like it’s a good basic book. Although the cover is very retro, it really is not that old of a book.
Camping Recipes: Foil Packet Cooking You might think it’s a stretch to have a whole book on foil packets, but a lot of people love to “embrace the foil” when they’re camping.
Camping Cookbook: Fun, Quick & Easy Campfire and Grilling Recipes – Grilling – Foil Packets – Open Fire Cooking – Garbage Can Cooking Yes, you read that right: garbage can cooking. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds like a cool idea.
Grilling and Campfire Cooking (Everyday Cookbook Collection) I love the Gooseberry Patch books, so this one is on my Amazon wish list now (which, I admit, I look at whenever I’m in ANY bookstore.) I love their down home style.
Campfire Treats Yum! Dessert! I admit that I don’t do much more than s’mores, but this book makes me want to rethink that practice.
I’m in Dutch!: A Laugh Out Loud Guide to Dutch oven Cooking. This looks hilarious!
The Ultimate Camping Cookbook: Recipes for Grilling, Cast Iron, Dutch Ovens and More I think a dutch oven guide of some sort is essential if you have no experience with it. Trust me. You’ll save yourself lots of scorched food and fingers!


I planned to list one other book, but I can’t find it (on my shelves or online.) It helps to remember the title. I picked up the book in a gift shop at a National Park. It shared recipes, pictures, and stories about the early National Park builders and guides. It was pretty fascinating. If I find it, I’ll write a new post about it, so you can pick it up, too.


What would you add to this list?


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