Goodnight, Campsite (book review)

There isn't much better than a GOOD book about something you love and it was very obvious after reading Goodnight, Campsite to my son that he loves camping. The first words out of his mouth were "Let's read that again!".

Goodnight, Campsite (aff. link) explores different types of camping and campers. The result is a book that can open up new activities and types of camping to young readers. Not only did my kids get to read about something they love, it gave us an opportunity to talk about aspects of camping we have not explored yet.
The book is written for preschoolers but my kindergartner loved it as well. He became a little obsessed with the campground talked about in the book. I had to keep explaining that it was a pretend campground. My daughter just kept asking to go camping; all weekend!

Why I like this book.
  • Introduces kids to different types of camping. We only tent camp at this point but I hope to backpack as some day. This was a fun way to introduce it to my kids. 
  • Introduces kids to different camping activities. We have never taken our bikes camping and my son thought is was a little crazy to ride bikes over rocks. I told him it is actually a lot of fun and that we would try to take them on our next camping trip. 
  • Activity while reading the book. There is a squirrel on every page of the book. Sometimes he is obvious and sometimes he is not. Either way the kids had fun trying to find him. 
  • Activity for your next camping trip. Can't have too many activities for camping trips in my opinion, especially ones that don't require much equipment. All you have to do is print out the bingo cards at the back of the book. 

Both the author, Loretta Sponsler, and the illustrator, Olga Shevchenko, are avid outdoor adventurers. Loretta has traveled all over the United States with her family pulling their RV and exploring nature's wonders. She is very excited to help others discover the joys of camping. You can find more about the author, illustrator and the book on their website Goodnight, Campsite.

All around I am very excited to have this book in my library. The kids love looking at the pictures. I love reading about one of my favorite activities. And it gets us all in the mood to go camping.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review but all opinions are my own.


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