Book Review: Camp ABC: A Place for Outdoor Fun by Zora and David Aiken

Camp ABC: A Place for Outdoor Fun

Camp ABC: A Place for Outdoor Fun is a short picture book aimed at children younger than 6 that gives 26 ideas about what can be done outside. This follows the letters of the alphabet and includes animal-spotting, canoeing, and so on. It’s definitely designed for early readers to correlate letters of the alphabet with different outdoor activities. This book is designed to be read together with a parent as some of the words are definitely beyond an early reader. The illustrations are reasonable for this style of book and I think they’d be appealing to younger readers following along.

My Thoughts: I think that there could have been better activities to correspond to some of the letters. There seemed to be a lot of examples involving boating. While that can be fun, I think that a little more variety instead of canoeing, kayaking, and rowing (for example) could have been used, especially with the book being so short. I don’t have a child at home that fits the target age range, but if I did I could see this being something we could read together. Our family likes camping so this would be a good fit for us. If your family doesn’t do much outdoors, you might use this to get some ideas of things to try, but it likely wouldn’t be a good fit otherwise.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a preview copy with no expectations on the part of the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by anyone else.

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