June 14, 2013 – By BRENNAN BARNARD
Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H.
Whether you are counting down the last days of school or have already started your summer break, we hope your summertime plans involve a good book. We’ve asked a number of college admission deans and high school counselors for their summer reading suggestions. What follows is a sampling of their recommendations. Some are specific to college admission, and others are just great reads.
“Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College” by Sally P. Springer, Jon Reider and Marion R. Franck. Mentioned in The Choice, “College Admissions Books for Your Summer Reading Pleasure”
“The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids” by Alexandra Robbins Recommended by Alison Slater, assistant director of admissions, Denison University, Granville, Ohio
“The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University” by Kevin Roose Recommended by Peter Jennings, director of college counseling, Concord Academy, Concord, Mass.
“Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Atul Gawande Recommended by Timothy Pratt, director of college advising, St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H.
“Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell Recommended by Paul Sunde, director of admissions, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
“The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy” by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell Recommended by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling, the Derryfield School, Manchester, N.H.
“The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” by Lynn O’Shaughnessy Recommended by Aaron Fulk, associate director of college counseling, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
“How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character” by Paul Tough Recommended by Cathy Davenport, executive director of admissions, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
“The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up” by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore Recommended by Betsy Dolan, director of college counseling, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.
“I’m Going to College — Not You! Surviving the College Search With Your Child” by Jennifer Delahunty Recommended by Roland M. Allen, director of college counseling, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
“Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life” by Martin E. P. Seligman Recommended by Matthew J. DeGreeff, director of college counseling, Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.
“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck Recommended by David S. Bonner, director of college counseling, King Low Heywood Thomas School, Stamford, Conn.
“The Parents We Mean to Be” by Richard Weissbourd Recommended by Gretchen Bean Bergill, associate director of college counseling, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.
“SAT Wars” by Joseph A. Soares Mentioned in The Choice, “College Admissions Books for Your Summer Reading Pleasure”
On College Admissions:
“College Admissions for the 21st Century” by Robert J. Sternberg Recommended by Conor O’Rourke, assistant dean of admissions, Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.
“College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students” by Jeffrey J. Selingo Recommended by Karen Pellegrino, dean of enrollment, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.
“College: What It Was, Is and Should Be” by Andrew Delbanco Recommended by Holly Macy, director of college counseling, the Dublin School, Dublin, N.H.
“Colleges That Change Lives” by Loren Pope Mentioned in The Choice, “College Admissions Books for Your Summer Reading Pleasure”
“The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College” by Jacques Steinberg Recommended by Kaitlin Carlin, assistant director of admissions for campus visit, Elon University, Elon, N.C.
“Getting In” by Karen Stabiner Mentioned in The Choice, “College Admissions Books for Your Summer Reading Pleasure”
“My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor Recommended by Karen Bartlett, admissions counselor, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Other Summer Reads:
“City of Light” by Lauren Belfer Recommended by Chris Antal, associate director of admissions, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.
“Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury Recommended by Lars Farabee, assistant director of admissions, High Point University, High Point, N.C.
“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green Recommended by M. Beverly Morse, associate dean of admissions and director of international admissions, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
“The List” by Siobhan Vivian Recommended by Brad Battaglia, director of college counseling, the Birch Wathen Lenox School, New York, N.Y.
“Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal” by Conor Grennan Recommended by Michele Koenig, associate director of college counseling, Proctor Academy, Andover, N.H.
“The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore Recommended by Matthew Cohen, associate director of admissions, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.