About the Holiday
June is the perfect month to explore the great outdoors up close through camping. Whether you enjoy pitching a tent, renting a cabin, or parking an RV, all the enjoyment of hiking, fishing, swimming, and of course toasting marshmallows and singing around the campfire await! If you’re more of a stay-at-home camper, the wilds of the backyard (or even the family room) offer plenty of adventure!
Wild About Camping
Written by Jane Whittingham | Illustrated by Bryanna Chapeskie
Two kids are excited to be “out the door, down the stairs,” and on their way to the woods for a camping trip. Winding roads take this sister and brother into the heart of the forest, but they’re not the only ones who are ready for an adventure. As the little girl secures the guy rope at the front of the tent, two “pulling, tugging moose” assist in the back.
With the tent set up, brother and sister run to the beach and begin building a sandcastle while not far away a pair of industrious “digging, scurrying squirrels” try to hide their piles of acorns before the seagull descends. And, of course, swimming is enjoyed by kids and loons alike!
Dinner time is just the beginning of a full night of treats and songs and spooky stories – all echoed by woodland creatures who add their own take on after-dinner snacks, nighttime music, and “eerie sounds.” Too soon, it’s time for sleeping bags for a tired sister and brother as well as a family of “tunnelling, burrowing moles” below.
Of course, summer camping trips aren’t made for turning in early, but for late-night laughs under a star-filled sky for all “wishing, dreaming kids.”
Jane Whittingham’s bouncy, rhythmic story delights with surprising and funny juxtapositions that bring kids and forest animals together to enjoy a favorite summer activity. Her short, exuberant sentences will spur kids to read along – and maybe even add their own woodland creatures to the party.
The vivacious kids and lively animals in Bryanna Chapeskie’s vibrant illustrations will entice readers to keep turning the pages to discover who is joining the camping trip next. The brother and sister’s ear-to-ear smiles are infectious, and there are plenty of humorous details to keep the giggles going right up to the starry end, when they can join in with the brother and sister as they “Hee Hee! Ha Ha!” into the night.
A fun and lively read aloud, Wild About Camping is a spirited romp that will get kids excited about camping trips long or short, outdoors or in. A charming addition for home and library bookshelves for summer story times or winter warmups.
Ages 4 – 8
Nimbus Publishing Limited, 2022 | ISBN 978-1774710432
Discover more about Jane Whittingham and her books on her website.
You can connect with Bryanna Chapeskie on Instagram.
National Camping Month Activity
Kids and their friends and family can enjoy the cozy fun of a campfire in their own family room with this craft that’s easy to make from recycled materials. While the supplies might make the campfire artificial, kids will love it if the marshmallows are the real thing!
- Three or four paper or cardboard tubes
- Cylindrical bread crumbs or oatmeal container
- Tissue paper in red, orange, and yellow
- Brown craft paint
- Brown marker
- Brown construction paper or white paper
- Strong glue or hot glue gun
- Chopsticks (one for each person)
To Make the Logs
- Cover the ends of the tubes with circles of brown construction paper or white paper and glue into place
- Paint the tubes and the ends if needed, let dry
- Paint the sides of the cylindrical container with the brown paint, let dry
- With the marker draw tree rings on the ends of the tubes. Decorate the sides with wavy lines, adding a few knot holes and swirls.
To Make the Fire
- Cut 9 squares from the tissue paper (3 in each color, about 8 to 6-inch square)
- Layer the colors and gather them together at one tip. Fold over and hold them together with a rubber band.
- To Assemble the Campfire
- Stack the tube logs
- Put the tissue paper fire in the middle of the logs
To “Roast” Marshmallows
- Stick marshmallows on chopsticks for “roasting” and eating!
You can keep your logs and fire in the cylindrical log until the next time!
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