The Camp Walt Whitman Summer Reading List
Having your child at summer camp is a great time to work through your summer reading list. It’s also a perfect moment to reflect on where your child is in their development and your parent-child dynamic—in case you want to set a new tone when your camper returns home!
These are a few books we recommend that speak to the social-emotional skills we try to foster at camp, such as confidence, independence, responsibility and kindness.
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow by Michael Thompson
How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims [Interestingly, Lythcott-Haims recommends having your child fill out their own camp forms as part of the path to independence—note to self for next year!]
Raisin’ Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys by Michael Thompson
Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children by Michael Thompson
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel
Perfect Madness, Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner
Odd Girl Out, The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons
Cliques: Eight Steps to Help Your Child Survive the Social Jungle by Charlene Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese