Camping and Reading: The Perfect Summertime Combination

Camping and Reading: The Perfect Summertime Combination

Since this website is called Storytime Under the Stars, and since we are officially in Summer, we thought we would discuss two of our favorite summertime activities: camping and reading.

For many families across the country, once the kids are out of school, it’s time to hit the open road and see the country. Family vacations come in all shapes and sizes, but the iconic summer getaway—in our opinion anyway—will always be the family camping trip.

Is there anything more Americana than packing up the family vehicle with a tent and sleeping bags, heading into the mountains or other wilderness, setting up camp, lighting a fire, roasting marshmallows and sleeping out under the stars? We certainly think it’s the best.

What makes a family campout even more memorable and magical is a good story. There’s something about being out in nature, especially at night, with the glowing campfire, the sounds of animals, the wind in the trees, and the starry sky that makes stories come to life in a very special way.

The next time you are heading out on a camping adventure—and if that’s not your thing, then you are truly missing out on something special—stop by your local library or go online and get yourself a few good books. Since camping is usually a family affair, you will want to find a book that the kids can enjoy.

If your camping trip is going to be spread out over several nights, then you can read a little bit each night, pausing to let your children’s imaginations run wild as they sit around the campfire, fall asleep in the tent, and hike, play or swim during the day. Each night, they will have something special to look forward to as they see what happens in the story.

There are even some really good books that contain a bunch of classic, fun campfire tales. You can choose from adventure tales to spooky stories.

For you parents, grab a good book to read as your kids swim in the lake or go fishing. There’s nothing more relaxing than reading a good book when you are surrounded by nature.

— Fred Williams