Books in the Spotlight: January

Each month CMLE will highlight three books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display. 

This month, we are thinking about camping – and that includes camping in the winter (we’re not scared of a little cold in Minnesota)! It’s always fun to take outdoor adventures, and why not pack a good book or two along with your gear? Read on for some reading suggestions both about camping and also to take along on your adventures:

Winter Camping: First, learn some tips and tricks for successfully camping in the winter with this article from the Star Tribune.

Then pack your reading list! Check out this winter reading list from Buzzfeed which features books like Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik and Human Acts by Han Kang. If you are feeling more like exploring some classic novels this winter, be guided by this list that includes Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

For a slightly silly (but still informative) look at winter camping, enjoy this video:

Summer camping: As we think ahead to warmer temperatures, and possibly even begin planning camping destinations for the upcoming summertime, you can also look forward to reading by the campfire! What books go well with a camping atmospere? This list from Bustle has great suggestions from the classic Jack London to Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe. And if you really want a tailored list of reading recommendations for camping, definitely check out this list from Backpacker – it recommends a book several different camping environments and situations!

Have a camping adventure!

Camping with kids: Stock up on tips for camping with kids with this easy to read list from the National Park Service. Then build excitement for your camping trip with this list from EDventures that includes titles such as Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping and The Boxcar Children: The Camp-out Mystery.

What are your favorite books to read while enjoying the great outdoors? Do you have a favorite camping “how-to” guide? Share your thoughts in the comments!