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Parenting College Students: Reading List #4

This post includes a list of twelve books of interest to parents of college students. We’ve previously published a list of fourteen titles, another list of twelve additional titles, and still another list of fourteen titles which you might want to check out. There are certainly even more resources available, but these lists should give parents a good start on more than enough material to support them through the college years. All of the books have different styles and approaches, so it is important to find the books which resonate for you.

We are not necessarily endorsing these books, but we’d like to help you find material available. You won’t want to read them all, but you might look for some titles and approaches that intrigue you.

Over the next few months, we will continue to review some of these books to provide a bit more guidance about their content and perspective. Check our “Reviews” category to see what we’ve reviewed so far. Happy reading!

When Will My Grown Up Kid Grow Up? (Order directly from Amazon)

Jeffrey Arnett and Elizabeth Fishel

(2013) Workman Publishing

 (Read our review of When Will My Grown Up Kid Grow Up.)


The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Order directly from Amazon.)

Jane Thierfeld Brown, Lorraine Wolf

(2012) AAPC Publishing


I Can Finish College (Order directly from Amazon)

Marcia Y. Cantarella

(2012) Sourcebooks


College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School (Order directly from Amazon.)

David T. Conley

(2010) Jossey-Bass


Parent’s Guide to College and Careers: How to Help, Not Hover (Order directly from Amazon.)

Barbara Cooke

(2010) Jist Works


Parents of College Students Survival Stories (Order directly from Amazon.)

Wendy David-Gaines

(2010) POCSmom


Beyond Tuition: Career Coaching Your College Kid (Order directly from Amazon.)

Sharon Gilbert

(2013) Createspace Independent Publishing

 (Read our review of Beyond Tuition.)


Navigating the Road to College: A Handbook for Parents (Order directly from Amazon.)

Kris Hintz

(2011) Createspace Independent Publishing


College of the Overwhelmed (Order directly from Amazon.)

Richard Kadison, Theresa Foy DiGeronimo

(2004) Jossey-Bass


The Accordion Family (Order directly from Amazon.)

Katherine S. Newman

(2012) Beacon Press

(Read our review of The Accordion Family.)


Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide to Student Success (Order directly from Amazon.)

Ann Palmer

(2005) Jessica Kingsley Publishing


50 Tips for College Success: What Freshman Students and Parents Need to Know (Order directly from Amazon.)

Stephanie Phillips and Carter Johnson

(2012) Carter Phillips


If you’ve read any of these books, please leave a comment and share your opinion and recommendations.  We’d love to hear what you think.


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