No one ever wants to think about what’s going to happen when sh*t hits the fan. No one. It’s not something we enjoy thinking about. Well, unless you’re me and find emergency preparedness absolutely enthralling. As parents, we have a general idea of how terrible life might be if the Zombie Apocolypse actually happens- you’ve watched The Walking Dead, right? But our kids have absolutely NO idea how quickly and drastically their lives could change in an instant. That’s why survival books for kids are crucial.
Nonfiction books give kids exposure to the different skills and scenarios they may encounter and also gives them a chance to practice skills they find especially intriguing. I’m not suggesting you let your 5-year-old start building fires all willy-nilly, but there is definitely benefit in your child understanding the basics of how to start a fire.
Fiction survival books for kids are written with a child’s sense of adventure in mind. The books allow children to picture themselves, imagine what they’d do, and feel they have some power over the world as the hero in the book overcomes the odds in a grown-up world. It’s one of the ways that we use literature to teach real-life skills!
Non-Fiction Survival Books for Kids
Let Bear Grylls teach you everything you need to know to cope in all weather and terrain and even through the air, over the seas, and under the waves. The wonderful world is out there just waiting to be discovered! The perfect gift for any young adventurers in training.
Packed with reliable expert information, this book will help you win through in tricky situations, ranging from struggling through a snowdrift to dodging danger in a big city. There is a wealth of facts about survival kits, first aid, food, shelter and map-reading. Clear illustrations show how to get to grips with survival techniques. While stressing the importance of avoiding unnecessary risk, the book encourages you to develop an initiative so that you can become a true survivor.
This practical, illustrated outdoor field guide is full of information with step-by-step instructions and tips and advice from Bear Grylls: camping and dangers to spot and avoid in the wild, finding your way, and mastering amazing knots. This is the must-have survival guide for all young explorers!
Fiction Survival Books for Kids
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren
Forced to work for the Nazis, then torn from his family as they are herded into a concentration camp, Jack fights to survive.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and a hatchet.
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Mark didn’t ask to move to New Hampshire. Or to go to a hick school like Hardy Elementary. And he certainly didn’t request Mr. Maxwell as his teacher. Mr. Maxwell doesn’t like rich kids, or slackers, or know-it-alls. And he’s decided that Mark is all of those things. Now the whole school is headed out for a week of camping — Hardy’s famous Week in the Woods. At first, it sounds dumb, but then Mark begins to open up to life in the country, and he decides it might be okay to learn something new. It might even be fun. But things go all wrong for Mark. The Week in the Woods is not what anyone planned.
Teaching our kids about survival skills is incredibly important! You’d be surprised how much knowledge comes from reading books with our kids.
What’s your child’s favorite book right now?