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National Camp Day

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

On National Camp Day (November 19), we celebrate by venturing out for a night in the great outdoors. Whether you go to a camp for the summer, explore camping grounds with your family, or even pitch a tent in your backyard with friends, let’s enjoy Mother Nature and the night stars with a good book and s’mores over the fire. 🏕️

Camp, by L. C. Rosen (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Prose, LGBTQIA+, Romance, Teen.

Camp Average, by Craig Battle (Owlkids Books) — Fiction, Prose, Sports, Humor, ages 7-12.

Camp So-and-So, by Mary McCoy (Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group) — Fiction, Prose, Mystery / Thriller, Sports, Teen.

Camp Wild, by Pam Withers (Orca Book Publishers) — Fiction, Prose, Action / Adventure, Sports, Series, ages 7-12.

Camping Chaos (The Hardy Boys Secret Files Series, Book 16), by Franklin W. Dixon; illus. Scott Burroughs (Aladdin / Simon & Schuster) — Fiction, Prose, Mystery / Thriller, Series, ages 7-12.

Camping Out (A Sleepover Squad Series, Book 2), by P. J. Denton; illus. Julia Denos (Aladdin / Simon & Schuster) — Fiction, Prose, Contemporary, Series, ages 7-12.

The Camping Trip, written and illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann (Candlewick) — Fiction, Picture Book, Sports, ages 4-6.

Camping with Unicorns: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure, by Dana Simpson (Andrews McMeel Publishing) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Animals, Humor, ages 7-12.

Camping: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure, by Keith Baker (Clarion Books) — Fiction, Prose, Animals, Humor, Series, ages 4-6.

Flamer, by Mike Curato (Henry Holt and Co Books for Young Readers / Macmillan) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Coming of Age, LGBTQIA+, Humor, ages 7-12.

Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse, by Tamera Will Wissinger; illus. Matthew Cordell (Clarion Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Poetry, Humor, Action / Adventure, ages 7-12.

Hello, World! Let’s Go Camping, written and illustrated by Jill McDonald (Doubleday Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House) — Fiction, Board Board, Concepts, Series, ages 0-3.

Into Darkness (Stuffed, Book 2), by Liz Braswell (Disney Publishing Worldwide) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Series, ages 7-12.

Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness, by Laurie Carlson and Judith Dammel (Chicago Review Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Sports, ages 4-6.

Secrets of Camp Whatever Vol. 1, by Chris Grine (Oni Press) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Series, ages 7-12.

Stover Goes to Camp, by Kathy Brodsky; illus. Cameron Bennett (Helpingwords) — Fiction, Picture Book, Sports, Animals, ages 4-6.

WOMBATS!: Go Camping, written and illustrated by Maddie Frost (Viking Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Sports, Animals, ages 7-12.

Celebrate National Camp Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

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