At Camp Lonehollow, we love reading so much that we offer it as a class!

Campers who take Summer Reading spend an hour every other day on the back porch of the Lake Lodge with a good book in hand, nestled into wooden rocking chairs warmed by the sun and surrounded by rolling green hills and the sound of water lapping at the hulls of sailboats.

They get to escape whatever worries, fears, or doubt they might be facing and immerse themselves in a story. And when the bugle blows and it’s time to switch activities, they leave class feeling relaxed and refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.

It is an experience that every camper should have at least once in their lifetime.

But with more than 60 different activities to choose from, Summer Reading doesn’t always make the cut for some campers.

In honor of National Reading Month, we’re encouraging campers and parents to create the Summer Reading Experience outside of Lonehollow by simply picking up a book (that isn’t school or work related!), finding a quiet spot, and reading for pleasure.

Research shows that reading for pleasure (Asset #25) can expand children’s vocabulary, build their independence and self-confidence, enhance their imaginations, help them make sense of the world around them, and improve their overall reading skills.

Gathering insight from our Owner, our Directors, and our senior counselor staff who work in education, we put together a list of recommended books for campers and parents. Some books are camp related and will help soothe worries, whether on your part or your camper’s. Some are meant to teach a lesson in kindness or provide parenting tips. And others simply tell a good story.

So pick a book or two (or six!), find a comfy spot, and experience the joy of Summer Reading!


For Campers:

“Wonder” by RJ Palacio

“In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship.” – Google Books

“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

“Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.” – Google Books

“Who Was?” A Series of Non-Fiction Books for Kids

“‘Who Was?’ is a series of illustrated biographies for young readers featuring significant historical figures, including artists, scientists, and world leaders.” –Penguin Random House

“The Giver” Quartet by Lois Lowry

“Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.” – GoodReads

“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen

“After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother, and also learning to survive his parents’ divorce.” – Google Books


For Parents:

Testimonials by Meg Clark, Lonehollow’s Owner and Founder

“Whole Brain Child” by Tina Payne-Bryson

Tina Bryson teaches usable strategies to enable children to understand their emotions so they do not become fearful of trying new things. Whether learning to ride a bike, staying over at a friend’s house for the first time, or being hurt by a best friend, Bryson encourages kids to “Name it to Tame It” so they can grow through challenging experiences rather than become stunted by them.

“Homesick and Happy” by Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson pulls back the curtain on homesickness and reveals why it is a necessary part of both a child and a parent’s relationship. I loved the stories and examples he shared on the benefit of children spending time with others beyond their immediate family.

“How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough

Paul Tough’s book looks at the early development of a child while exploring grit and resilience. How Children Succeed really speaks to Lonehollow’s core values of GEAR: growth, empowerment, adventure and resilience.


For Campers and Parents:

“What to Do When…” Series by Dawn Huebner, PhD

“Described as ‘must have’ resources for parents, teachers, and therapists, and approaching the 1 million mark in sales, [Huebner’s] books engage children in the process of learning practical skills they can put to immediate use. Lively, encouraging, and easy to follow, Dr. Huebner’s books motivate children to think and act in new ways, empowering them to work toward change.” –

“Off to Camp” by Myra Pravada and Jeanne Weiland

“OFF TO CAMP introduces children to overnight camp. Samantha decides to go to camp. Which one will she choose? What should she bring? Not knowing anyone going to camp, she is surprised when she makes a new friend on the first day and gets a nickname! Camp counselors, camp activities, camp food, camp songs, and camp feelings are all new to Samantha. She has never been away from home before. Discover what camp is all about.” – Google Books

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