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Thalia Kids Book Club Camp

Thalia Kids Book Club Camp

“LOVED this camp.” Review from past camper

Are your favorite authors more interesting than YouTube stars? Do you read even when you can hardly keep your eyes open? Do you dream about being a famous writer?

Come to the Thalia Kids Book Club Camp and spend a week with all things books and writing! We cover it all - fantasy, adventure, realistic fiction, sci fi, nonfiction, graphic novels and more.

The Thalia Kids Book Club Camp is for kids (9 - 14) who love to read!

We are very excited to announce that we will return to in-person Thalia Kids Book Club Camp in summer 2022, as well as hosting a week of Virtual Camp. We have an incredible line-up of diverse books and a slate of compelling guest authors who are eager to connect with our extraordinary campers. Campers will get up close and personal with these authors and make new friends who also can’t get enough of a good read.

Registration opens on March 1!

Camp Schedule
  • Week 1: July 11 - 15 for ages 9-11 (IN-PERSON)
  • Week 2: July 18 - 22 for ages 12-14 (IN-PERSON)
  • Week 3: July 25 - 29 for ages 9-14 (VIRTUAL)

Here's what you can expect from In-Person Camp 2022:

  • Per Symphony Space's COVID-19 safety measures, all staff, campers, and guests must provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask while indoors.
  • There will be 5 featured books and 5 author visits.
  • There will be an interactive visit from the author of each of those books, including discussions and hands-on activities.
  • Book-related games, activities, and field trips.
  • Reading, drawing, writing, and visiting time with other book-loving campers.
  • Guest authors will sign each camper's book.
  • You will order the books for your camper.
  • The hours will be 9 AM – 4:00 PM EST. Campers will be admitted as early as 8:30 AM.
  • Once we get your registration, we will send you an email with the book list for the week(s) you registered for.

Here's what you can expect from Virtual Camp 2022:

  • Virtual Camp will run for 5 days with 4 featured books and 4 author visits. We have carefully chosen authors whose books are both appropriate and interesting for the wider age range of Virtual Camp.
  • There will be an interactive visit from the author of each of those books, including discussions and hands-on activities.
  • Book-related games and activities in age-alike groups (We will be sure to have plenty of physical activities throughout the camp “day.”)
  • Reading, drawing, writing, and visiting time with other book-loving campers
  • We will be conducting all of the above via Zoom. Adult staff will be present at all times.
  • The guest author will “sign” each camper’s book remotely. What does that mean? Each camper will get to speak with the author at the end of the session. The author will write their autograph on a piece of paper for that camper. For example: “To Madeline, So glad you enjoyed my book, Charles Dickens.” The author will email all the dedications to us and we will send each camper theirs. They can then insert or paste it into the book.
  • You will order the books for your camper.
  • The hours will be 9 AM – 12:30 PM EST. Campers can sign on as early as 8:30 AM for a supervised “free time” session.
  • Once we get your registration, we will send you an email with the book list for the week(s) you registered for.
Catch up on Camp Activities on the TKBCC Blog!
Questions about Camp?
Schedule

Camp 2022 Schedule

In-person camp meets Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Campers will be admitted starting at 8:30 AM.

  • Week 1: July 11 - 15 for ages 9-11 (IN PERSON)
  • Week 2: July 18 - 22 for ages 12-14 (IN PERSON)

Virtual Camp meets Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST). Virtual campers may enter the Zoom room starting at 8:30 AM.

  • Week 3: July 25 - 29 for ages 9-14 (VIRTUAL)
Camp Info

Wondering what a typical week at camp looks like? Click here to see a week from 2017, or check out the new and improved Book Club Camp Blog!

Camp Fees
  • In-person camp: $700/week
  • Virtual camp: $325/week
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations between March 1 and June 1, 2022 will be refunded in full.
  • Cancellations after June 13, 2022 will be refunded at 50%.
Guest Authors

Author guests have included a diverse line-up of established writers and illustrators alongside emerging talents, each with a unique perspective on books and writing.

Some of the highlights have included a rare visit with Norton Juster to discuss his classic The Phantom Tollbooth, intimate conversations with Award-winning authors Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux), Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me), R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Linda Sue Park (Wing & Claw series), Peter Brown (The Wild Robot), Jason Reynolds (The Boy in the Black Suit), and Lauren Oliver (Liesl and Po); bestselling authors Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm), Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted), Pseudonymous Bosch (The Secret series), Maile Meloy (The Apothecary), Wendy Mass (Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life), Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library), and Nova Ren Suma (The Walls Around Us); as well as introductions to writers such as Claire Legrand (Some Kind of Happiness), Leila Sales (Once Was a Time), Neela Vaswani (Same Sun Here), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), and Renée Watson (This Side of Home).

Campers have also met with illustrators including Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Chris Raschka (Seriously, Norman!), Sophie Blackall (Missed Connections), graphic designer Chip Kidd, and Percy Jackson cover artist John Rocco, who led a workshop on cover design.

Other book related activities included a book-making workshop with the Center for Book Arts, cartooning with graphic novelist Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), and an exploration into comic books with Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts).

Questions?

If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us: [email protected]

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