Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Nana the Great Goes Camping by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Posted March 30, 2023 by meezcarrie in children, Christian, giveaway, Lisa T. Bergren / 30 Comments

Nana the Great #1

GENRE: Children’s Picture Book
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2023

This tender, spunky picture book from the bestselling author of the God Gave Us series celebrates the ways loving grandparents help children find new adventures—and timeless wisdom—around every corner.

Summer vacations are great—and they’re even better when they include camping with Nana! Nana is great at hiking, campfire cooking, and making new friends. She encourages slowing down to enjoy nature’s wonders, learning new skills, and watching out for the discoveries that await outside everyday routines. Most of all, Nana is great at making treasured memories that will last a lifetime.


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I cannot say enough good things about Lisa Tawn Bergren’s Nana the Great books. I absolutely adored the first one, and I fell equally in love with the newest offering.

Nana is, once again, everything delightful and loving. She’s also quite brave to take her young grandchildren on a camping trip without their parents! They hike…and hike… and HIKE. They float on inner tubes down a river. They play in the mud, learn to swim, catch fireflies, and gaze at the stars. And, of course, they make s’mores! Throughout their adventures, Nana is also able to leave behind nuggets of wisdom for her granddaughter, like, “…even though the universe is really big, God holds it all in his hands, just like he holds you,” and “You would have missed this if you quit back there,” and my personal favorite, “Sometimes we just need a little break to find the strength to make it a little farther.” The author captures these moments between grandmother and granddaughter with affection and warmth, and these books inspire me to be more like Nana with my nieces and nephews (since I won’t have grandchildren).

The illustrations tie it all together in such an engaging way, too. The bright colors and relatable character depictions draw children in, and Hohn’s added details provide extra smiles for adult readers, too. Even down to the inside front and back covers which won my heart with their snapshots of the kids’ camping trip with Nana and the parents’ “vacation” by themselves. The combination of these two talented creatives – Bergren & Hohn – is a winning one, and I find it difficult to separate one from the other when it comes to the charm of Nana the Great. In fact, it reminds me of Kevin Henkes’ picture books which I also adore.

Bottom Line: I love every single thing about Nana the Great Goes Camping. From the whimsically warm illustrations by David Hohn to the affectionate wisdom of Nana herself (courtesy of author Lisa Tawn Bergren), this reading experience is not one to be missed by children or adults. I am a forever fan of Nana the Great and hope there are many more stories with her to come!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fabulous!

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Lisa Tawn Bergren is a bestselling author of more than seventy books, including the beloved God Gave Us children’s book series. With more than three million copies sold, Lisa’s work spans many genres, from adult fiction to devotionals to young adult novels. She and her husband, Tim, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Connect with Lisa at

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30 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Nana the Great Goes Camping by Lisa Tawn Bergren

  1. wen budro

    I called my Grandmother, Nana, so the title won me over. Plus it looks like a super fun and positive book.

  2. Jessica Beard

    This would be perfect for my mom. My kids call her Nana and we are going camping this summer together!

  3. MS Barb

    My young grandsons (6.75 yrs & 4 yrs) LOVE being read to! The 6.75 yr old likes to read to his little sister who is 15 months! 🙂

  4. Sue Parrish

    I gave the first book to a friend. She loves to read it to her granddaughter. This would be a great addition.

  5. Melissa Scott

    My grandson calls my mom Nana. Also, my parents have camped all of their lives, so I’d love to win this for my grandson!

  6. Teresa Gilbert

    I would love to win this for my mother to read with my kids! It would be a fun book!

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