A young kid preparing for their first camping trip might be excited to find out what’s involved, whether that’s setting up a tent, hiking, or observing nature. This collection of picture books and early readers in Spanish is meant for just that! And, if you are planning for iRead’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” in 2022, you’ll find the titles fit that too.
I focused on picture books that would be fun to read aloud and early readers with high kid-appeal. While some of these titles aren’t in print any more, you hopefully will be able to find all of them between your library and favorite used bookstore.
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Ardilla Miedosa va de campamento by Mélanie Watts
Elementary schoolers will love figuring out Ardilla Miedosa’s zany plan for getting electricity to watch a TV show about camping and avoid camping themself. That plan can’t go wrong. Available in English as Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping.
Petra by Marianna Coppo
A short funny picture book about perspective and the desire to be grand. This story about a rock, who wants to be anything but, is largely set outdoors. (I’d pair this with a discussion about when it’s okay to take things from outside, like from your yard, and when it’s not, like in a park.) Available in English, also as Petra.
Blanca es la mora by George Shannon, illustrations by Laura Dronzek
A clever color book that shows that leaves, birds, fruit, and more can be different colors depending on how and when you look at them. Outdoorsy feel and available in English as White is for Blueberry.
¿Saben las princesas ir de acampada? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, illustrations by Mike Gordon
Rhyming verse accompanies many iconic parts of family camping: packing, travel, setting up a tent, s’mores and more. The call and response pattern could be read aloud, or the loose illustrations of a white family on their trip could be the basis for a picture walk. Available in English as Do Princesses Make Happy Campers?
¡Hagamos una pijamada! by Norm Feuti
Enrique is off to his first sleepover with Erizo and is feeling excited and nervous in this early reader graphic novel. Erizo is a sensitive friend who responds kindly to Enrique’s fears. Available in English as Let’s Have a Sleepover and features backyard camping.
¡Pedro se vuelve salvaje! by Fran Manushkin, illustrations by Tammie Lyon.
Pedro and his dad go on a hike in the woods, where it turns out Pedro knows a bit more about animals and hiking safety than his dad. Available in English as Pedro Goes Wild!
La sorpresa verde by Kirsten McDonald, illustrations by Erika Meza
This installment of the early reader series Carlos & Carmen tells the quiet story of a backyard campout. Available in English as The Green Surprise.