25+ Kids’ Books About Summer Camp

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At my first summer camp, when I was eight, my roommate and I heard a rumor that some boys had put itching or sneezing powder on the beds in the girls’ dorm. We were so convinced we had a counselor search our beds.

Nothing.

I wasn’t entirely satisfied, but I didn’t know how the boys would’ve gotten in unseen, nor did I know what itching/sneezing powder is. I still don’t. Pepper, maybe?

However, I loved going to my church’s annual summer kids’ camp. In fact, since much of my summer camp perceptions were built around the movie The Parent Trap (starring Hayley Mills), I was a little envious my own camp lasted only five days instead of multiple weeks like the movie camp.

Camps are still a huge thing for kids. And there are so many options to choose from: church camps, sports camps, art camps, music camps, scouting camps, 4-H camps, etc. They often involve making crafts, swimming, boating, horseback riding, and singing around a campfire.

There are lots of kids’ books about summer camp. Here are more than 25 (most of which are new to me):

Picture Books and Early Chapter Books:

  • The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries by David A. Adler
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
  • Cowboy Camp by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Mike Reed
  • The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by Peter Brown
  • Froggy Goes to Camp by Jonathan London

Middle-grade:

  • Agnes Parker…Happy Camper? by Kathleen O’Dell
  • Camp Confidential series by Melissa J. Morgan (more than 20 books)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special Edition #2: Baby-sitters Summer Vacation by Ann M. Martin
  • The Great Summer Camp Catastrophe by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • How Tia Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alvarez
  • I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman
  • Letters From Camp by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise
  • Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg, illus. by Matthew Cordell
  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, and Laura Park
  • Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  • Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
  • Summer Camp, Ready or Not! by Sandra Belton

Young Adult:

  • Hidden by Helen Frost (older MG/younger YA)
  • Jersey Tomatoes are the Best by Maria Padian
  • Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
  • There’s a Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger (older MG/younger YA)

 

Did you go to camp as a kid? As a counselor? What are some of your favorite camp memories? What are your favorite camp books? What books should I add to the list? Do you know what itching/sneezing powder is?

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