Trail Tales – Chapter Book Recommendations

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 Trail Tales, Summer Reading for Elementary Children - Threaded Together*Trail Tales is a summer reading series to help get you excited to read and get you outside!  It started as a school project so I took the most important pieces and created a summer reading program to share with our readers. Be sure to check back soon for a list of great activities to complete together during the summer.*

Trail Tales is a summer reading program that I devised as part of my Master’s in Library and Information Studies program. It was a school project. I am so excited to try it out with my own children so I thought that I would share it here.

Learn more about Trail Tales!

Trail Tales Overview

Picture Book and Nonfiction Recommendations

Chapter Book Recommendations


The program would not be complete without a reading list to help you get started. The following list includes both picture books and nonfiction suggestions. Each book has something to do with the theme of Trail Tales. Read and get outside to explore!

Summer Reading Book List, Chapter Books - Threaded Together

Adler, D.  (2007).  Cam Jansen and the summer camp mysteries.  New York, NY: Puffin Books.

Cam and her best friend Eric are spending three weeks at Camp Eagle Lake and soon they find themselves trying to solve some mysteries at the camp.

Brown, J.  (2013).  Flat Stanley goes camping.  New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Flat Stanley and his family go on a camping trip in the woods. Flat Stanley’s adventure includes coming across a skunk!

Burnett, F. H.  (2008). The secret garden.  Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Two unhappy children discover a secret garden locked behind walls and learn about the healing effects of nature.

Cleary, B.  (2007).  Henry Huggins.  New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Henry Huggins and his adopted dog, Ribsy, always seem to find adventure and trouble. 

Cook, K.  (2010).  Nuts.  Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

A girl adopts two orphaned squirrels even though she knows that it might not be a great idea.

Corwin, J.  (2009).  Your backyard is wild.  New York, NY:  Puffin Books.

Three children discover that their backyards are full of wild adventures, animals, plants, and more no matter where they live.

Erickson, J.  (1999).  The case of the vanishing fishhook.  Perryton, TX: Maverick Books.

Hank the cowdog supervises a fishing trip but he finds himself on the hunt for a missing fishhook.

Hiaasen, C.  (2002).  Hoot.  New York, NY: Random House.

Roy moves to a new town and becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls.

Keene, C.  (1995).  Trouble at camp treehouse.  New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Nancy Drew is at an overnight camp and searches for a missing camera.

Kelley, J.  (2010).  Nature girl.  New York, NY: Random House.

Megan is stuck in Vermont for the summer without television, cell phones or friends.  She finds herself trying to survive the Appalachian Trail.

Lobel, A.  (1978).  Grasshopper on the road.  New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Grasshopper goes on a journey where he meets many different characters.

Look, L.  (2009).  Allergic to camping, hiking and other natural disasters.  New York, NY: Random House.

Alvin is afraid of everything and he is not happy about having to go camping.  How will he survive the wilderness? 

Mammoser, D. & Tekiela S.  (2007).  Wildflowers of Colorado.  Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications.

This field guide will help you identify hundreds of wildflowers that can be found in the state of Colorado.

Paulsen, Gary.  (1983).  Hatchet.  New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Thirteen year old Brian is stranded in the wilderness by himself after his plane crashes.

Tekiela, Stan.  (2001).  Birds of Colorado field guide.  Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications.

This field guide will help you identify the many birds that can be found in the state of Colorado.

Warner, G. C.  (2001).  The mystery of the screech owl.  Morton Grove, IL:  Albert Whitman and Company.

The Boxcar children are visiting Broken Moon Pond, the same place their grandfather used to vacation, with their grandfather but they think someone is trying to scare them away.


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