Library: camping books and guides


  • The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, Second Edition, by Andrew Skurka


  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine, by Tod Schimelpfenig and Joan Safford
  • Pocket Guide to Outdoor Survival, by Ron Cordes

Nature appreciation

  • Pocket Guide to Animals/Tracks, by Ron Cordes
  • National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Night Sky of North America, by Catherine H. Howell
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition, by Jonathan Alderfer and Jon L. Dunn
  • The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills, byTristan Gooley 
  • What It’s Like to Be a Bird, by David Allen Sibley


  • Dutch Oven and Cast Iron Cooking, by Peg Couch
  • Easy Campfire Cooking: 200+ Family Fun Recipes for Cooking Over Coals and In the Flames with a Dutch Oven, Foil Packets, and More!, by Peg Couch
  • So Much S’more to Do: Over 50 Variations of the Campfire Classic, by Becky Rasmussen and Erik Ahlman
  • Camp Cocktails: Easy, Fun, and Delicious Drinks for the Great Outdoors, by Emily Vikre

Trip planning

  • NOLS Expedition Planning, by Dave Anderson and Molly Absolon
  • Moon California Camping: The Complete Guide to More Than 1,400 Tent and RV Campgrounds, by Tom Stienstra 
  • Camping New Mexico: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Tent and RV Campgrounds, by Melinda Crow
  • National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States: 400+ Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, Historic Sites, Scenic Trails, Recreation Areas, and Seashores, by Mel White
  • Bureau of Land Management Camping: Directory of 1,142 Camping Areas in 11 States, by Ultimate Campgrounds

Kids – non-fiction

  • Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival, by Denise Long
  • A Girl’s Guide to the Wild, by Ruby McConnell
  • The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature, by Helen Olsson
  • The Camping Trip that Changed America, by Barb Rosenstock

Kids fiction

  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping, by Peggy Parish
  • Bailey Goes Camping, by Kevin Henkes
  • Curious George Goes Camping, by Margret & H.A. Rey
  • A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen
  • When We Go Camping, by Margriet Ruurs
  • The Lost Lake, by Allen Say
  • Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
  • My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
  • The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner


  • SUV RVing: How to Travel, Camp, Sleep, Explore, and Thrive in the Ultimate Tiny House, by Tristan Higbee
  • The Backpacker’s Field Manual, by Rick Curtis
  • The Backpacker’s Handbook, Fourth Edition, by Chris Townsend

Camping/outdoor-themed recreational reading

  • Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
  • A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • The Wilderness Idiot, by Ted Alvarez
  • The Unlikely Thru-Hiker, by Derick Lugo
  • Edge of the Map, by Johanna Garton
  • A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
  • Deliverance, by James Dickey
  • Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson
  • Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography, by Corey Rich
  • Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine, by editors of Outside

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