“Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is the theme of the 2022 iRead summer reading program: https://www.ireadprogram.org/ focusing on a summer camp at the library. Even if you are not using iReads materials, camping, hiking, and related topics are great themes for summer stories. For an art project related to hiking, make these play bird finder binoculars: Bird Finder Binoculars – ARTBAR (artbarblog.com).
Clements, Andrew. Because Your Mommy Loves You. A mother and son go for a hike.
Farrell, Alison. The Hike. Three friends and their dog take a hike in a nearby forest.
Gehl, Laura. The Hiking Viking. Leif prefers hiking to the usual Viking activities of brawls and battles.
Joosse, Barbara. Lulu & Rocky in Rocky Mountain National Park. The fox kit cousins enjoy hiking and camping.
Oldland, Nicholas. Walk on the Wild Side. Friends Bear, Moose, and Beaver begin a mountain hike, but it turns into a race.
Oswald, Pete. Hike. Father and son hike through the forest enjoying nature in this nearly wordless book.
Rockwell, Anne. Hiking Day. A little Black girl and her father enjoy a nature hike.
Scanlon, Elizabeth. In the Canyon. In this rhyming story, a girl goes hiking in the Grand Canyon.
Shaw, Nancy. Sheep Take a Hike. In this entry in Shaw’s popular rhyming series, a group of sheep get lost while out for a hike.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool