September Book List: Books to Read Around the Fire

Read a book featuring fire. Whether it’s a campfire, a bonfire, or a forest fire, things are certain to heat up this month. 

Here are a few suggestions from our library:

Picture Books

  • Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
  • Camping Day by Patricia Lakin
  • Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Mélanie Watt
  • Caillou Goes Camping by Roger Harvey
  • Fancy Nancy, Stellar Stargazer! By Jane O’Connor
  • Gramps and the Fire Dragon by Bethany Roberts
  • Little Critter at Scout Camp by Mercer Mayer

Easy Readers

  • Tiny Goes Camping by Cari Meister (ER1)
  • Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (ER1)
  • Fire Crew! by Frank Berrios (ER2)
  • Elephant Joe, Brave Firefighter! By David Wojtowycz (ER2)
  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Parish, Peggy (ER3)
  • Kooky Campout by Erica Farber (ER3)
  • Arthur’s Camp-out by Lillian Hoban (ER4)
  • Katie Goes Camping by Fran Manushkin (ER4)

Chapter Books

  • Monster Power by Judy Katschke (CH)
  • I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis (CH)
  • I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis (CH)
  • I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 by Lauren Tarshis (CH)
  • I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis (CH)
  • Bad Kitty: Camp Daze by Nick Bruel (CH)
  • Library of Doom: Crushing Covers by Michael Dahl (CH)
  • Girls Survive: Audrey Under the Big Top: A Hartford Circus Fire Survival Story by Jessica Gunderson (CH)
  • Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp! by Wanda Coven (CH)
  • Ava the Sunset Fairy by Daisy Meadows (CH)
  • Werewolves Don’t Go to Summer Camp by Debbie Dadey (CH)

Children’s Novels

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • Kaya’s Escape: A Survival Story by Janet Beeler Shaw
  • Changes for Kaya : a story of courage by Janet Beeler Shaw
  • A Week in the Woods by Andrew  Clements
  • Saraj Whitcher’s Story by Elizabeth Yates
  • Poppy by Avi
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  • The Camp-out Mystery (The Boxcar Children) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Giants Go Camping Jane H. Yolen
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of fury by Mo O’Hara
  • The Horror at Happy Landings by R. L. Stine
  • Welcome to Camp Nightmare by R. L. Stine
  • An Occasionally Happy Family by Cliff Burke
  • Scat by Carl Hiaasen
  •  Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano
  • Wishbone: The Ghost of Camp Ka Nowato by Michael Anthony Steele
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Graphic Novels

  • Camping with Unicorns : another Phoebe and her unicorn adventure by Dana Simpson
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki


  • A Trip to the Fire Station with Sesame Street by Christy Peterson
  • The Great Peshtigo Fire: stories and science from America’s deadliest firestorm by Scott Knickelbine
  • Fire by María Rius
  • The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire by Helen Markley Miller
  • Summer Camp by Bobbie Kalman

Young Adult

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins