#089 – Summer Reading Suggestions for College Parents

In our annual collection of book suggestions for parents, Vicki and Lynn share some of what we’ve been reading this year. This year’s books cover a wide variety of topics that will help parents broaden their understanding of students’ academic and emotional worlds, why they might struggle and how to help empower students to face their challenges.


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For us, summer is often a time to catch up on some of the reading that we don’t have time for during the school year. And if you have a student about to head to college, already in college, or about to begin the admission process, summer can be a good time for you to catch up on some college parenting reading.

Our annual episode with suggestions for summer reading has become a tradition now for the College Parent Central podcast, – and last year we gave you a bonus episode of books to suggest to your student as well. This year, be sure to check out our article with six suggestions of books to gift to your high school graduate.

If our reading suggestions for this year aren’t enough – or the titles don’t strike your fancy, check out our earlier episodes (links are at the bottom) or browse our full reading list of recommended books for a more comprehensive collection of potential reading.

Lynn’s suggestions this year:

Seven Steps to College Success: A Pathway for Students with Disabilities by Elizabeth Hamblet

(Listen to our podcast interview with Elizabeth for more information.)

Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari

Late Bloomers: The Hidden Strengths of Learning and Succeeding at Your Own Pace by Rich Karlgaard

Vicki’s suggestions this year:

The Disintegrating Student: Struggling But Smart, Falling Apart, and How to Turn It Around by Jeanine Jannot

(Read our review of the book.)

Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning Is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy By Daniel Willingham

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance  by Angela Duckworth

Happy reading!

If you’d like to hear our book podcasts from previous years, check these out. The books are still excellent and relevant.

#066 – New Book Suggestions for Summer Reading

#041 – More Summer Reads for Parents: Two authors, Four Books

#040 – Our Favorite Books to Share with College Students

#020 – Our Favorite Summer Reads for College Parents

You can also check out our full, comprehensive list of over 60 books and resources for parents and students.

Don’t forget that you can listen to all of our previous podcast episodes here or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also go to followthepodcast.com/collegeparentcentral to add our podcast so that you’ll receive each new episode as we release it.

Let us know what you’d like to hear about on future podcasts! Leave a comment here or email us at podcast@collegeparentcentral.com.

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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 and helps to support our work.  We think it’s only fair to let you know that.



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