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Beach read: Books about summer

Is your child anxious about going to camp? Reading a book with him may help ease any fears he has about the adventures ahead.

By GreatSchools Staff

Even the child who seems ready to plunge into summer fun may be anxious about trading the predictable routine of school for new adventures in a new place. Reading a book together about summer or camp can help you and your child talk about any worries she may have.

Books About Summer and Camp

Child Care Aware, a national organization that helps parents connect with child-care resources in their communities, offers this book list:

For younger children:

  • Arthur Goes To Camp by Marc Brown. (Little, Brown, 1984)
  • Pig Pig Goes To Camp by David McPhail. (Puffin Books,1987)
  • Raymond's Best Summer by Jean Rogers. (Greenwillow, 1990)
  • The Berenstain Bears Go To Camp by Stan Berenstain. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1982)
  • Sophie's Knapsack by Catherine Stock. (Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1988) For older readers:
  • Buddies by Barbara Park. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1985)
  • Camp Pinetree Pals by Judy Baer. (Pages Publishing Group, 1991)
  • A Wonderful, Terrible Time by Mary Stolz. (Harpercollins, 1967)
  • Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood by Paula Danziger. (Little Brown & Co., 1978)
  • Dump Days by Jerry Spinelli. (Yearling, 1991)

Is Your Child a Reluctant Reader? Try These

Some children don't happily dive into a book. If your child is in that category, we recommend these:

  • Werewolves Don't Go to Summer Camp (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #2) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones (Scholastic Paperbacks, 1991) is the story of a bunch of kids and a very hairy camp counselor.
  • Letters from Camp by Kate Klise (HarperTrophy, 2000) is a quirky mystery about a camp called Camp Happy Harmony that is anything but. The story is not told in the conventional way, but unfolds through documents such as letters, store receipts and Post-its.

Comments from readers

"My daughters is 13th and she had been in a Learning Disablity Program at her school, she did good, she's not in the program at the moment, and now she reads very ocacionaly, she just finish a book. (she saw the movie of it, that was an incentive). We started reading again, in her bed before sleeping time, we start reading the same book aloud one or 3 pages each turn, then it got that we read in our own, then we ending tossing that book get one of our own individual interes, I read my text book, and now she invite me to read at night in her bed, almost every night to say so, she does read even if I can't participate with her the time, so she's almost a reader, and I would like her to keep progressing on her own. Can you give more ideas about wich books of easy reading can she try,(she is finishing 8th grade). I want to get her more books, one at the time, can you sugest a short list of good one or ones that she may be interested on?. Thank you!!"