Liam Recommends: Camping and Survival Books

Camping & Survival Books for Kids from What My Kids Read

Eleven-year-old Liam is here today with his favorite books on survival and camping.

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So… in this post I will discuss these 3 things:

  1. Why I like camping.
  2. A few tips on camping.
  3. What camping books I like.

Well, I LOVE camping. This is why:

  1. I like the outdoors.
  2. I like independence!
  3. I like eating camping food like s’mores, sodas, Beanie Weenies, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

Camping & Survival Books for Kids from What My Kids Read


  1. NEVER eat too many sweets as you will get tired and want to waste your time sleeping (I learned this the hard way once!).
  2. In bear country, always store food at least 100 feet away from camp (I’ve never camped in bear country, but this is a useful tip).
  3. Pick an Epic Spot. It should have access to water for swimming or fishing, near a wood supply for fire, and not under a cliff. A cave is optimal, but make sure nothing is living in there.
  4. Candy, though excellent in taste, has a very low nutritional value…so don’t eat too much.
  5. Always eat filling, quick-to-eat foods (except for dinner – that will take a while to eat).

Camping & Survival Books for Kids from What My Kids Read

Here are my favorite books on camping:

The American Boy’s Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It & The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors:

  • These two books are how-to books on things like how to make kites, boats, etc.
  • I just got these books for my birthday, and I am loving them.
  • I really recommend these books if you are bored.
  • These are classics and no library is complete without them.

Extreme Survival:

  • This is a great book for survival and self-defense fanatics like me.
  • From wilderness survival to terrorism survival, this book covers it all!
  • I love this book because it has everything I want to know.

The Golden Book of Camping and Camp Crafts:

  • This is an out-of-print book about how to camp.
  • It is a fun book to read before going camping.
  • It is useful and functional.
  • It includes a full guide of how much food per person to buy.

Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness:

  • I just got this book for my birthday. It is a reference book that is very descriptive.
  • This is a huge book. Not a Read-Through-In-An-Afternoon-And-Then-Know-How Book.
  • I like this book because you can learn ANYTHING about survival.

Camping & Survival Books for Kids from What My Kids Read

Here are two of my favorite chapter books that are related to camping and survival:

Rascal by Sterling North:

  • Rascal is  a true story about the author’s pet raccoon (Mom reviewed it here).
  • It is a very good book that makes you want to be out in nature.
  • It is a fun read for a rainy afternoon at camp (or at home).

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George:

  • My Side of the Mountain is one of my favorite books. It’s the first book in a trilogy, but this one is the best.
  • It’s about a boy who runs away to live in the woods for a year.
  • It is a great book to read on a rainy afternoon.

Those are my favorite books for camping and survival. Please share any survival or camping books suggestions in the comments below. I am always looking for more!


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  1. Great post, Liam. Very well written, and you have some great book choices. Two of my favorite survival books are The Cay by Theodore Taylor and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I think you would really enjoy them if you haven’t read them already.

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