Bestselling Sports & Outdoors Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling sports & outdoors books for 3 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book

by: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Release date: Aug 25, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Introducing the Rookie Book series from the #1 sports brand for kids–featuring pro-sports action photography!


SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS kicks off the football season with a brand-new series to help young readers learn the rules, plays, and basics about popular sports. In the first Rookie Book, My First Book of Football, an illustrated rookie player character introduces the next generation of fans to the world of football and guides kids through a visual retelling of an actual NFL game–from the nail-biting coin toss to the exhilarating winning touchdown.
Simple text with engaging action photography and a glossary of essential football terms throughout, including punt, tackle, kickoff, end zone and more, reinforce the message on each page with humor and fun. A perfect book for beginning readers, My First Book of Football is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young football rookies before, during, and after game day.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

2. My First Book of Hockey: A Rookie Book: Mostly Everything Explained About the Game

by: Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Next up in the fan-favorite Rookie Book series, Sports Illustrated Kids explains the coolest game in the world to its youngest fans.

The puck drops, skates flash, and sticks fly-a hockey game is underway! With a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text, a full glossary of terms, and cool graphics, My First Book of Hockey introduces readers to the basics. Kids (and maybe a few adults, too!) will learn how power plays work, how the three-period game flows, what a hat trick is, what’s up with the referee’s crease, and more.

An illustrated “rookie” character appears on every page, guiding the reader moment by moment, and helping to make My First Book of Hockey an ideal shared reading experience between parents and their young rookies before, during, and after the game.

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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Hockey

3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A BabyLit® Camping Primer (BabyLit Books)

by: Jennifer AdamsAlison Oliver
Release date: Mar 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 22
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A BabyLit® Camping Primer

Take a trip downriver in Huckleberry Finn: A BabyLit Camping Primer. Alison Oliver’s crisp illustrations help little ones learn camping vocabulary such as “raft,” “river,” and “fishing line” while Jennifer Adam’s carefully curated quotations from the original text will have parents reading with the soft, twangy accent of Mark Twain.

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Children’s Books > Classics

4. Little Hockey (Little Sports)

by: Matt NapierRenné Benoit
Release date: Aug 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 20
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“Round and black–do you know its name? You need this disk to play the game.” Answer: Puck. Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.
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Children’s Books > Humor > Jokes & Riddles

5. My First Book of Baseball: A Rookie Book

by: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Release date: Apr 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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My First Book of Baseball, the second Rookie Book from Sports Illustrated Kids, coaches young kids through the game of baseball with a visual retelling of an actual MLB game–from the first pitch to the game winning hit! Strikes, outs, steals, foul balls, home runs and more are all explained using a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text with engaging graphics, and a full glossary of essential baseball terms and phrases. An illustrated rookie player character also appears on every page, providing fun facts to help the next generation of fans better understand the game. Perfect for beginning readers, My First Book of Baseball is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young minor league rookies before, during, and after the ball game.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball

6. Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet (Sports Alphabet)

by: Matt M. NapierMelanie Rose
Release date: Sep 19, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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In the mold of our very popular series of state alphabet books, we offer “Z is for Zamboni” to hockey fans young and old across North America. Matt Napier’s “breakaway” rhymes and “hard-checking” expository text team up with the “top-shelf” illustrations of Melanie Rose to elucidate this increasingly popular game for every beginning hockey aficionado. Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, it is both fun and educational.
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Children’s Books > Sports & Outdoors > Hockey

7. Rhoda’s Rock Hunt

by: Molly Beth GriffinJennifer A. Bell
Release date: Oct 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Rhoda is on a long, long hike with her aunt and uncle, each of them carrying backpacks of gear as they walk through the north woods. While Auntie June and Uncle Jonah watch for wildlife and set up their campsites, Rhoda is on the hunt for one thing: ROCKS.

She finds them in all shapes and patterns, from hearts and hats to stripes and sparkles. And every last treasure goes into her pack, making it heavier and heavier as they hike through forests and along streams. Soon Rhoda is sweaty, and tired of salami sandwiches, and wishing for her own bed. Then, on the last day, they come to the Big Lake. And its beach is covered in rocks. Rhoda can’t believe her luck.

After hours of play and even more rock discoveries, it’s time to head for home. By now Rhoda’s pack is too heavy to lift. Will she give up her rocks and return to the cabin for a real shower, a hot meal, and a soft bed? Or will she stay on the beach forever with her beloved collection? Her clever solution makes the most of her treasures—and offers delights for other hikers.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature

8. Ladybug Girl and Bingo

by: Jacky DavisDavid Soman
Release date: May 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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This hardcover picture book in the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series explores the theme of responsibility for a pet and the fun of a first camping trip.
 
Lulu and her dog Bingo the basset hound are best friends. Whenever they play outside, Bingo always stays close by Lulu’s side. When they go camping for the first time, Lulu does her best to be responsible and hold tight to Bingo’s leash. But what happens when Bingo wants to explore the forest on his own and runs off? This is a job for Ladybug Girl! She will find Bingo in time for toasting marshmallows at the campfire. 
 
For fans of Fancy Nancy and Toot and Puddle, the Ladybug Girl series honors a love of the outdoors, family, and creativity!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

9. Baseball Activity Book (Dover Little Activity Books)

by: Tony J. Tallarico Jr.
Release date: Mar 24, 2010
Number of Pages: 64
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Batter up with 45 winning activities, all based on America’s favorite pastime! These puzzles and word games are sure to be a hit with young baseball fans. Activities include crossword puzzles, mazes, follow-the-dots, find-the-differences, and other baseball-themed pursuits. Kids can pick up a few interesting stats while having nine innings of fun! In case of “strikeouts,” see the back of the book for solutions. 
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

10. Little Basketball (Little Sports)

by: Brad HerzogDoug Bowles
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Board Books for Little Sports! Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.Brad Herzog lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Luke and Jesse. As a freelance writer, he has won several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, including a Grand Gold Medal for best magazine article of the year. Brad has published more than two dozen books, including two memoirs about his travels through small-town America. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, Doug Bowles has been a freelance illustrator for 20 years. In addition to Doug’s illustrations for children, he enjoys working with a wide range of clients in the advertising, corporate and editorial communities. His work has been selected many times in the Society of Illustrators West competition, and he has had several gallery showings. Doug lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife and two children.
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Children’s Books > Humor > Jokes & Riddles

11. The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp

by: Stan BerenstainJan Berenstain
Release date: Mar 12, 1982
Number of Pages: 32
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“Though Grizzly Bob’s Day Camp looks exciting, Brother and Sister Bear are
apprehensive. But after spending a few days trying things out, they discover
they can have fun.”– “The Reading Teacher.”
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

12. Little Baseball (Little Sports)

by: Brad HerzogDoug Bowles
Release date: Feb 17, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.
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Children’s Books > Humor > Jokes & Riddles

13. Snoopy and Woodstock’s Great Adventure (Peanuts)

by: Charles M. SchulzLauren ForteScott Jeralds
Release date: Dec 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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Join Snoopy, Woodstock, and the Beagle Scouts on a hike through the wilderness in this 8×8 storybook based on a classic Peanuts adventure!

Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the Beagle Scouts are going on a photo hike to Point Lobos. But Point Lobos is far away, and the hike involves treacherous tall grass…and maybe even queen snakes! Good grief. At least Harriet packed the angel food cake with seven-minute frosting!

© 2016 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

14. Little Football (Little Sports)

by: Brad HerzogDoug Bowles
Release date: Feb 17, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.
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Children’s Books > Humor > Jokes & Riddles

15. Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails?

by: Carmela LaVigna CoyleMike Gordon
Release date: Oct 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Another fantastic and inspiring book from the author of the Do Princesses…? series! Join our favorite princess and her super hero companion as they explore the national parks and discover that the Great Outdoors hold a bounty of excitement and adventure!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

16. Great Big Book of Children’s Games: Over 450 Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids, Ages 3-14

by: Debra WiseSandy Forrest
Release date: Nov 10, 2003
Number of Pages: 320
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The perfect antidote for rainy-day sulks and backseat boredom

Your kids are buzzing bundles of energy, ever eager for new experiences and new challenges. And one of your toughest jobs as a parent is finding ways to channel kids’ energies that promote healthy development while keeping them entertained. Good news, your job just got a little easier.

Great for car trips, rainy days, and even power outages, the Great Big Book of Children’s Games is a treasury of games and activities for all occasions, every setting and every mood. You’ll find indoor games and outdoor games, party games and solo games, sidewalk games, beach games, ball games and water games. There are games that stimulate young minds and those that promote physical development. You’ll find skill-building games and games designed to sharpen individual faculties, card games and word games, and an abundance of pencil-and-paper games. And to help you do your part to keep our highways safe (and your sanity intact), there’s an entire section devoted to games to be played while on the road.

Fair weather or foul, the Great Big Book of Children’s Games helps you keep the peace and banish bad moods with:

  • 450 indoor and outdoor games for pre-school to middle-school age kids arranged by age group
  • Games for every occasion, setting and number of players
  • Solo games, team games, party games, and family games, many including innovative twists on old favorites
  • Colorful text, 375 illustrations, and amusing game trivia that add to the fun and make the book easy to use

Debra Wise is a writer specializing in women’s and children’s topics, and has written for the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and GQ.

Sandy Forrest has designed and illustrated over 40 books and won a Parent’s Choice Award for Illustration.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

17. The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness

by: Lizzy RockwellLizzy Rockwell
Release date: Jul 08, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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A celebration of the amazing human machine and a life on the move!

Your amazing body can jump, sprint, twist, and twirl. Your body is built to move.

Lizzy Rockwell explains how your bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain all work together to keep you on the go. Kids walk and skate and tumble through these pages with such exuberance that even sprouting couch potatoes will want to get up and bounce around—and that’s the ultimate goal. Studies show that American kids are becoming more sedentary and more overweight and that they carry these tendencies with them into adolescence and adulthood. Experts agree that we need to help kids make physical activity a life-long habit. Through education, information, and encouragement, this book aims to inspire a new generation of busy bodies!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Fitness

18. Max Goes Fishing (Max and Ruby)

by: Grosset &amp Dunlap
Release date: May 16, 2013
Number of Pages: 24
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In this 8 x 8 storybook based on a Max & Ruby TV episode, Ruby and the Bunny Scouts are going canoeing to get their canoeing badges. Meanwhile, Max is fishing with his toy duck. When Ruby’s canoe is accidentally let loose, Max saves the day by using his fishing pole to bring it back!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

19. The Baseball Counting Book

by: Barbara Barbieri McGrathBrian Shaw
Release date: Feb 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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Step up to the plate with this counting book about America’s favorite pastime. THE BASEBALL COUNTING BOOK is spring training for little sluggers. The count is zero to zero when the ump calls, “Play ball!” Nine innings later we’ve counted balls, strikes, players, fans, and more, all the way to twenty. No one strikes out with these fun rhymes. Little leaguers will find themselves counting their way through practice and pointing out all the new things they’ve learned about this great game when they watch the pro’s on TV or at the parks. Early readers will hit a home run with this charming counting book.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

20. Froggy Goes to Camp

by: Jonathan LondonFrank Remkiewicz
Release date: Apr 15, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Froggy’s off to camp! He packs a lot into one week: archery lessons, food fights, and scary stories around the campfire. But only Froggy could also manage to lose his trunks during swim class and overturn his kayak with the camp director in it. Froggy will keep his fans laughing with his latest antics.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Frogs & Toads

21. Be Careful, Icarus! (Mini Myths)

by: Joan HolubLeslie Patricelli
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 22
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After little Icarus and his dad make a bird-shaped kite, Dad warns Icarus to hold on to the string and not let it fly too high. But Icarus disobeys, and soon the kite gets caught in the trees! Dad helps him repair the kite so they can play with it again, and Icarus learns the importance of being careful. Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Icarus myth.

Also available in the Mini Myths series: Don’t Get Lost, Odysseus and Good Job, Athena!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

22. Fun with Horseback Riding Stencils (Dover Stencils)

by: John GreenHorses
Release date: May 25, 2004
Number of Pages: 6
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These brightly colored stencils invite youngsters to produce their very own horse show. Simply trace the six open stencils to create handsome steeds and their riders — galloping, jumping hurdles, and going through their practiced paces. A touch of color adds extra dazzle to each lively mount. Craftworkers will find the stencils perfect for adding an eye-catching border to walls, furniture, and other flat surfaces.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

23. Do Pirates Take Baths?

by: Kathy TuckerNadine Westcott
Release date: Sep 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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“Through Tucker’s thirteen brief, bouncy verses, buccaneer wanna-bes can explore their career choice….Any little employment concerns left unanswered by Tucker’s text are addressed by the host of goofy, line-and-watercolor cartoon pirates….A good scratch for any story hour crowd itching for some silliness”. Recommend, The Bulletin

“Rolling motion characterizes both words and pictures in this pleasant book….Young children already fascinated with pirates will be pleased with the jovial picture this book paints”. School Library Journal

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Personal Hygiene

24. Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race

by: Libby RiddlesShannon Cartwright
Release date: Jan 15, 2002
Number of Pages: 48
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In 1985, Libby Riddles made history by becoming the first woman to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. This brand-new edition of Riddles’s timeless adventure story is complete with updated narrative details, sidebars on all aspects of the race, photographs, and all-new illustrations by beloved illustrator Shannon Cartwright. An inspiration to children and adults everywhere, this is a compelling first-hand account of the arctic storms, freezing temperatures, loyal sled dogs, and utter determination that defined Riddles’s Iditarod victory.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

25. World of Reading: Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Campout: Level 1

by: Disney Book GroupBill ScollonDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Jun 10, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Captain Hook may be a fierce pirate, but when he joins Jake and the crew on a camping trip to Doubloon Lagoon, the only thing dreadful about Hook is his camping skills. Hook has a few tricks to learn from the pipsqueak pirates in this Level 1 reader!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

26. Small Fry Fishing Guide: A Complete Introduction to the World of Fishing for Small Fry of All Ages

by: Timothy Smith
Release date: Jan 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 64
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  Buck Wilder has ten books about nature and how we are connected to everything around us. His four hard covers books, Buck Wilder’s Fishing Guide, Hiking & Camping Guide ,  Boating Guide and Animal Wisdom are for kids of all ages. Each is filled with fun facts and interesting highlights of nature, wild imaginative drawings, and secret hidden characters on each page.
  Buck Wilder’s ten chapter books are written for  the early reader – early elementary level of reading. Each book is filled with fun illustrations, hidden messages, and an unique story about our outside world and how we can have fun with it. His books have sold 500,000 copies with his most popular title being ” Who Stole the Animal Poop?”

(Timothy Smith)

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Children’s Books > Animals > Fish

27. Is That You, Monster?: Check Inside the Secret Pockets If You Dare!

by: Steve Cox
Release date: Mar 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 22
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Sam and his friends are camping overnight, and even though their tents are pitched no farther from home than Sam’s backyard, it’s still an adventure. But night has fallen and Sam is feeling nervous. Is a monster lurking somewhere in the dark shadows? Sam begins searching, and kids who open this book can search with him. Adopting the touch-and-feel format on every page, this book features large color illustrations with a cardboard pocket on each picture. Kids are invited to reach into each pocket to help Sam seek out the monster. First, Sam tiptoes into the dark garage as the other kids look on. He reaches beneath an old blanket, where somebody–or something–might be hiding, and he touches something moist. Is it the monster’s drool? A pocket into a tent’s opening lets Sam–and young readers–touch something furry. The monster’s body? When Sam and his readers reach down into a dry well, they touch something with spiky points. The monster’s tail? At last, reaching beneath a canvas tarpaulin that covers an old row boat, Sam and his readers touch the monster himself! A big pop-up head springs out from the book’s final two-page spread. All the other kids flee, but Sam is no longer frightened. This monster is smiling and friendly.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Emotions & Feelings

28. Small Twig Hiking & Camping Guide: A Complete Introduction to the World of Hiking & Camping for Small Twigs of All Ages

by: Timothy Smith
Release date: Jan 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 64
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  Buck Wilder has ten books about nature and how we are connected to everything around us. His four hard covers books, Buck Wilder’s Fishing Guide, Hiking & Camping Guide ,  Boating Guide and Animal Wisdom are for kids of all ages. Each is filled with fun facts and interesting highlights of nature, wild imaginative drawings, and secret hidden characters on each page.
  Buck Wilder’s ten chapter books are written for  the early reader – early elementary level of reading. Each book is filled with fun illustrations, hidden messages, and an unique story about our outside world and how we can have fun with it. His books have sold 500,000 copies with his most popular title being ” Who Stole the Animal Poop?”

(Timothy Smith)

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games

29. Noodle Loves the Park

by: Nosy CrowMarion Billet
Release date: Aug 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 10
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When Noodle visits the park, he plays on the swing and watches the birds and the bees. And you can, too, with this touch-and-feel book.

Noodle loves to go for a walk in the park to see the animals and flowers. He also loves to play at the playground! Another lovely, sturdy, interactive Noodle story that will delight the youngest of readers. These tactile tales with satisfying and simple rhymes are loved by babies, toddlers, and their parents, and boost language learning skills.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Stories In Verse

30. Yes, Let’s

by: Galen Goodwin LongstrethMaris Wicks
Release date: Apr 09, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Let’s get into the station wagon, roll those windows down,
Let’s sing out loud and wave to cows as we drive out of town.
Let’s park the car beneath the trees and trade our shoes for boots,
Let’s set the timer, all say “Cheese!” then head into the woods.

In this cute book about a family’s camping trip, the simple, rhyming text is enhanced by comical illustrations that bring wit and energy to every page. Packaged in a smaller size for little hands and easy to pack up, this book would be a perfect read-aloud during the car ride, along with a great way to recap a trip at the end. The illustrations inside the front cover serve as a reminder of things to pack, and the story inspires activities to plan. There is even a space in the back to paste a picture of the reader’s own family trip. This little book serves as a loving tribute to family togetherness.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Stories In Verse

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