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.
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Updated: June 5, 2018