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Best National Park Books for Kids

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Get your kids excited about exploring and learning about the National Parks. Buy a book before a trip to learn more about your destination, grab a book to document your trip or after your trip to learn more. Here’s several books for kids about the U.S. National Parks.

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.

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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.

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John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist

A great read-aloud book to learn more about conservation and the Father of the National Parks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel that’s driven her across North America. She’s visited all 50 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces along top destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Asia. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, she’s landed in nearly every North American airport at least once. Find her work in books, she contributed to Compass--The Onboard Magazine of Holland America Line and Disney Cruise Line Wonder Onboard Guide, both for Alaskan National Parks. She written for US News and World Report Best Cities: Austin. Catherine has written feature stories for Meredith Media’s Family Fun magazine, Chicago’s Suburban Parent, covering Newberry National Volcanic Monument. She is a regular travel contributor to Texas Farm and Home magazine. Catherine writes reviews for Popular Science. She also writes feature articles for Austin, Texas, publications, like Taylor 76574 magazine that won the 2020 Texas Press Association’s 3rd Place for Best Magazine. She’s the National Parks contributor at, the largest independent family travel website in North America. Catherine contributed to and CaliforniaTravelMedia.

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