Summer Camp Books

Camp-themed books are great for getting kids in the mood, easing pre-camp jitters, or providing a realistic -- or wildly imaginative -- setting for relationships to play out by a lake or under the stars. Whether it's a gamer stuck in nature, a spy kid learning espionage techniques, or teen girls with romance on their minds, the kids in these books are sure to entertain.

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Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

age 7+

Funny diary of an 8-year-old worry wart braving summer camp.

By: Rachel Vail (2012)
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My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet

age 7+

Fun, evilly funny mischief and pets at summer camp.

By: Mo O’Hara (2018)
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Camp

age 8+

Cheery graphic novel shows camp routines, friend jealousy.

By: Kayla Miller (2019)
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A Clatter of Jars

age 8+

Quirky blend of magic, issues, recipes in summer camp tale.

By: Lisa Graff (2016)
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Galaxy's Most Wanted, Book 1

age 8+

Summer camp gets alien visitors in silly, fun adventure.

By: John Kloepfer (2014)
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Roller Girl

age 8+

With girl power galore, graphic novel is great for tweens.

By: Victoria Jamieson (2015)
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Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill: Middle School, Book 4

age 9+

Rafe goes to camp, faces bullying, copes with gross humor.

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Applewhites at Wit's End

age 10+

Funny mayhem at creative family's unusual summer camp.

By: Stephanie S. Tolan (2012)
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Be Prepared

age 10+

Smart, funny account of summer camp discomfort.

By: Vera Brosgol (2018)
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The Goats

age 10+

Camp tale gives readers a lot to think about.

By: Brock Cole (2005)
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Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

age 10+

Wacky, action-packed camp adventures promote girl power.

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Spy Camp: Spy School, Book 2

age 10+

Smart teen spy sequel ups the action and explosions.

By: Stuart Gibbs (2014)
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Bless the Beasts & Children

age 13+

Misfit teens rebel at a Western summer camp in YA classic.

By: Glendon Swarthout (1970)
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The Other Normals

age 14+

Misfit gamer learns to connect in quirky dual-world fantasy.

By: Ned Vizzini (2012)
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You Have a Match

age 14+

Fun, heartfelt summer camp tale shows love in many forms.

By: Emma Lord (2021)
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Dreams of Significant Girls

age 15+

Rich girls come of age in powerful book with mature themes.

By: Cristina García (2011)
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