15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

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Summer camp season is right around the corner. Your kids are either so excited that they’d tear through any book about the experience faster than you can stream their favorite episode of Bunk’d, or, they’re looking for more evidence before they believe that there are absolutely zero insects in Bug Juice.

What better way to convince them of the merits of a week away at camp than with books that savor the fun? Here’s a list of some previously published titles and recent releases to create your personal library on the virtues of cabins, canoeing, and s’mores.

1. Peg + Cat: The Camp Problem (The Peg + Cat series)
Candlewick Entertainment, 2018
For ages 5-8

It’s summertime at Camp Niniwawa. When the Raccoon bunk challenges the Gophers to a friendly battle of the bunks, it’s on! Winning a contest earns a bunk ten points—but being a good sport is also important. Can they get the hang of counting by fives and tens to figure out which bunk will reach one hundred points first? And when a tug-of-war lands the Raccoons up in a tree, can Richard’s knack for repeating patterns solve the problem? Based on the PBS Kids series.

2. Summer According to Humphrey (The Humphrey series)
Puffin Books, 2011
For ages 7-10

When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he can’t believe his ears. What’s a classroom hamster to do if there’s no more school? It turns out that Mrs. Brisbane has planned something thrilling for Humphrey and Og the frog: they’re going to Camp Happy Hollow with Ms. Mac and kids from Room 26! Camp is full of FUN new experiences, but it’s also a little scary. There are fur-raising wild sounds and smells, and there’s something called the Howler to watch out for. Humphrey is always curious about new adventures, but could camp be too wild even for him? Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country, and he’s becoming a school favorite!

3. The Nighttime Cabin Thief (Graphic Novel, Summer Camp Science Mystery series)
Graphic Universe, Lerner Publishing Group, 2013
(This one is part of a whole series about summer camp)
For ages 7-12

A thief is on the prowl at Camp Dakota! The campers can’t find their favorite things—and they’re starting to accuse each other of stealing. The kids set out to find the culprit—but the truth behind the missing stuff may be stranger than anyone expected. Can the campers track down the Cabin Thief? Or will they turn on each other first?

4. How To Merit in Monsters (Strange Scout Tales series)
Rodale Kids, 2018
For ages 7-12

A new chapter book series teeming with monsters, the biomes they roam, and the hopeless scout troop out to save them. When a scout troop learns that their sleepaway camp is really a training ground for protecting the earth’s most endangered species—monsters—the lowest-ranked Troop D is next in line to earn their Monster Merit Badges. Join them on a mission to rescue the legendary Big Foot, whose water supply has been contaminated.

5. The Secret of Camp Whispering Pines (Samantha Wolf Mystery series)
Tara Ellis Publishing, 2015
For ages 8-12

When Sam and Ally go off to summer camp together, they discover the secrets of Camp Whispering Pines. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth behind the camp, the further they are pushed into danger and deceit. Can Sam and Alley put all of the pieces together before it’s too late? Follow them on another thrilling tale along misty, high mountain trails and deep ravines where the answers wait to be found!

6. Be Prepared (Graphic Novel)
Macmillan, 2018
For ages 8-12

All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she’s found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the “cool girl” drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

7. The Summer Camp Mysteries (Cam Jansen Mystery series)
Puffin Books, 2007
For ages 7-10

Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes…even to summer camp. Cam and her best friend, Eric, are spending three weeds at Camp Eagle Lake. It’s a summer filled with swimming, sports, canoeing, making new friends, and…solving mysteries! It’s sure to be a fun and challenging summer for Cam Jansen!
The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades.

8. Cabin Eleven (Brother Wars series)
MyBoys3 Press, 2018
For ages 8-12

Ten-year-old Harry can’t wait for a week of summer camp in the mountains at Camp Awonjahela. Unfortunately, his older brother Randy is coming, too. If that weren’t bad enough, his Cabin Eleven is cursed. Or at least that’s the legend. Even worse, a girl named Poison Ivy won’t stop talking to him.
No one from Cabin Eleven has ever won the camp-wide competition, but that’s exactly what Harry and his friends set out to do. To break the curse, they’ll have to survive the overnight hike, win Capture the Flag, and face the mysterious figure who lives across the lake. But Randy isn’t going to make it easy. When disaster strikes, this might be one brother war too many for Harry.

9. Werewolves Don’t Go to Summer Camp (The Bailey School Kids series)
Scholastic, 1991
For ages 7-10

The hugely popular early chapter book series re-emerges with a new look! Brand-new eye-catching cover art brings a modern feel to this classic monster series for young readers.
The new director at Camp Lone Wolf seems like a nice guy. But when the kids learn the legend of a local boy who disappeared and the wolf that prowls the campgrounds howling in the night, they start to wonder if Camp Lone Wolf is more than just a name. Mr. Jenkins is covered in hair, eats his meat almost raw, and has an obsession with wolves. But could he really be a werewolf?

10. Pranked (Summer Camp Secrets, Book 2)
Alladin, 2015
For ages 8-12

Dear __________, I dreaded coming to camp Pine Haven and my first week here was the worst. While my best friend was sunbathing on the beach in Hawaii, I was stuck with outdoor showers, a rickety cabin, and only one friend—quiet, boring Melissa. Then the “Evil Twins” showed up. It turned out they’re totally cool and they wanted to be my friend! They’re not really evil really—well, not to me, at least. They AREN’T too nice to Melissa. We started playing a few pranks and it’s kind of gotten out of control. I know I should put a stop to things, but I don’t want to lose my only friends here. I just hope that I don’t do anything I regret. Love, Kelly

11. Breakout (Camp Rolling Hills series)
Harry N. Abrams, 2017
For ages 8-12

Color War is the event of the summer, a massive camp-wide competition. Jenny assumes she’s got lieutenant in the bag, being a “popular girl” and all. And Play Dough sure hopes he does too—members of his family have been White team lieutenants for generations! But when assignments are announced, both are in for a surprise. Play Dough’s a lieutenant all right—for the enemy Blue team—and Jenny isn’t lieutenant at all. So who is? With the entire camp amping up for an all-out war, can Jenny and Play Dough overcome expectations and lead their teams to victory?

12. Bad Kitty: Camp Daze (Bad Kitty series, early chapter book)
Roaring Brook Press, 2018
For ages 7-10

Kitty’s life is really hard. All she asks for is twenty-two hours a day to sleep and food to be delivered morning and night. But does she get it? No. And when Puppy and Baby get a little rambunctious during her nap time, Kitty gets bonked on the head and starts to believe she’s . . . a dog. This new dynamic freaks out Puppy, so he’s sent away to Uncle Murray’s Camp for Stressed-Out Dogs to relax with other canine campers. But guess who sneaks along?
Still believing she’s a dog, Kitty fits right in. That is until she and Uncle Murray encounter a bear, and then the feline claws come out.

13. Arthur Goes To Camp (Arthur series)
Two Lions, 2015
For ages 5-8

With a cabin full of frogs, Arthur can’t wait to leave summer camp. He runs away during the big scavenger hunt. But his friends need Arthur’s help to win against a rival camp, so  where did he go?

14. Nerd Camp
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012
For ages 8-12

Pack your sleeping bag, grab your calculator, and celebrate geekdom with this humorous and empowering middle grade novel by the acclaimed author of Standing for Socks. Nerd Camp, here we come!
Ten-year-old Gabe has just been accepted to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. That means he’ll be spending six weeks at sleepaway camp, writing poetry and perfecting logic proofs. S.C.G.E. has been a summer home to some legendary middle-school smarty-pants (and future Jeopardy! contestants), but it has a reputation for being, well, a Nerd Camp. But is Gabe really a geek, or can he prove himself more than that? Find out in this story of friendship and self discovery.

15. Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp (Rosco the Rascal series)
Shana Gorian, 2015
For ages 6-10

Ten-year-old James and his seven-year-old sister, Mandy, are off to summer camp with their loyal German shepherd, Rosco. While Mandy struggles with homesickness, James’ week is threatened by a prank-playing bunk mate’s antics. But during an unexpected thunderstorm in a game of capture-the-flag, the prankster finds himself lost and alone deep inside the forest. Rosco must play the hero and save the boy but not before he and James teach him a hard-earned lesson about friendship.

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    1. Thank Barbara! Yes, I agree. I had taken note of many new releases on the subject, just naturally since I have a book on the subject. It seems like we’re getting a nice wave of new books on the topic. Plus, there really are so many good ones from the classic series, like Arthur. Thanks for reading and commenting:)


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