8 Summer Reading Recommendations for College Parents

For many people, the pace of life in the summer slows a bit.  There may be more time for some of the activities we can’t fit in during the year.  For many, there may finally be more time for a good read — perhaps even beach reading!  For college parents, or almost college parents, this may be an ideal time to do a little reading about what to expect when your student heads off.  You know that your parenting job isn’t done — but it will definitely change.  These titles will help you know what to expect.

We’ve published several reading lists of books for parents.  (See the end of this post for links to those lists.)  We recommend that you take time to browse the lists and find some titles that intrigue you.  We’ve also published several reviews which might help you make some choices. The books are varied in information and approach and we’re sure you’ll find something helpful.

We’d like to suggest here eight of our favorite books.  There are many other good books out there, but these have proven to be valuable because of their approach and because of the ideas they present.  Consider picking up a couple (or all) of these as you head to the beach this summer!


The iConnected Parent by Barbara Hofer

How the electronic tether of technology is changing the way we parent.

(Read our review here.)


The Happiest Kid on Campus by Harlan Cohen

New edition called The Naked Roommate — for Parents Only

(Read our review here.)


The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg

Especially helpful for those still facing the admissions process.

(Read our review here.)


Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties — by Jeffrey Arnett

Not specifically college parenting, but important insight into college age kids.

(Read our review here.)


Making the Most of College by Richard Light

A college professor’s insight about the characteristics of successful students.

(Read our review here.)


You’re On Your Own But I’m Here if You Need Me by Marjorie Savage

The name says it all.  One of the important mainstays of college parenting literature.

(Read our review here.)


And two titles to share with your student:


Been There Should’ve Done That by Suzette Tyler

Advice for students by students.

(Read our review here.)


The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen

Valuable advice in spite of the off-beat title.


Doing a little reading this summer should give you some food for thought, and help make the fall transition to college a bit easier on everyone.  Remember, you’re not in this alone!

Note: Some links in our post are for affiliate products. If you use our links, College Parent Central receives a small percentage of your purchase price. This does not change the cost to you.  We think it’s only fair to let you know that.

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Parenting College Students: Still More Recommended Reading

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