Best National Park Books for Kids
Sit down with your toddler and read through the National Parks with this charming book. From the illustrator of some of the Curious George books, find 26 of the top national parks. Learn about each park’s animals, landmarks and more.
A charming series of five books divided by region, like Western region and the Rocky Mountain Region. Kids learn about individual parks, like the geological features and the animals of the park.
If kids are visiting a park, they can fill out a page to document their visit, including space for park cancellation stamps. Makes for an excellent companion for national park road trips.
Seek and Find National Parks by Jorrien Peterson
Can’t tell you what I love better–mazes or the national parks. If you are or know a maze kid, here’s the book. Learn about the uniqueness of the U.S. and Canadian national parks, from Branff to Crater Lake to the U.S. Virgin Islands to Yellowstone. Work the maze and get to know the park. This book even includes a glossary.
Lonely Planet Kids: America’s National Parks
In a guide with charming illustrations, kids can explore a big book of national parks. Starts with nifty things to know about visiting National Parks, then learn about the parks in ABC order. So this is a great reference guide for kids. Or get them excited about a national parks road trip.
National Parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber
A charmingly illustrated book covering 21 of the national parks. Kids learn about the plants and animals unique to parks across the U.S.
The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock
A camping trip in Yosemite with President Theodore Roosevelt and the naturalist John Muir changed the course of the National Parks of the U.S. Learn about the pivotal characters along with the camping trip.
John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist
A great read-aloud book to learn more about conservation and the Father of the National Parks.
How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark
Kids engage with the historical characters so learn about the legendary duo that trekked from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. There are several national park sites dedicated to Lewis and Clark sprinkled across the U.S.
This is a Book for People Who Love the National Parks by Matt Garczyski
Though not especially for kids, this handbook is good for middle schoolers and above. It features a short introduction into the National Park Service. Then read two page summeries of the more popular parks across the U.S. The illustrations are charming as well.
After reading, I really wanted to see the last of my remaining parks, like Voyageurs National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park.
Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids
Don’t underestimate the power of poop. Kids dig it. Find 16 books, each from a different park. That’s a lot of pop and they’re a hit with kids in lower grades.
Journey Around Our National Parks by Martha Day Zschock
For the school-aged kids, Journey Around Our National Parks, explores the national park service through the eyes of a child. A non-fiction book packed with facts and engaging illustrations of kids exploring parks with park rangers or their families.
Hello, National Parks! for Babies and Toddlers by Martha Day Zschock
A baby in our national parks? Yes, especially if baby has older siblings. My baby, now 12, has visited just as many national parks as my older two kids. For the National Park Centennial, baby gets a board book just for little hands.
Not a book, but better! It’s a Lego bookstore you can build. It’s got over 2,500 pieces though it uses the modular building technique where pieces are divided into individual pages.
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