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Thalia Kids Book Club Camp

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“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.

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

You’ll get up close and personal with great authors five days a week, go on field trips around NYC, and make new friends who also can’t get enough of a good read.

Registration now open!

Consider becoming a Symphony Space member to get a discount on the camp fee! $650/week for Symphony Space members. $700/week for non-members.

At the end of the registration form, you will be prompted to click through to submit payment via the Symphony Space online store. Please note that your registration will not be confirmed until the forms and the payment have both been submitted, so you must complete both steps. We only accept online payments.

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Camp 2020 Schedule

Week 1: July 6-10 (ages 9-11)

Week 2: July 13-17 (ages 9-11) - SOLD OUT!

Week 3: July 20-24 (ages 12-14) - SOLD OUT!

Week 4: July 27-31 (ages 12-14)

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 to see how we spent 2019!

Cancellation Policy

The camp fee will be refunded if we can fill your child’s spot. Please notify us as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your child’s enrollment.

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 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 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).

Field Trips

Each week, we go on a couple of adventures around the city with our author guests. In the past we got the chance to go on a top-secret field trip with Brian Selznick (author/illustrator of TheInvention of Hugo Cabret) to the Queens Museum of Art and the old World’s Fairgrounds to hear about Wonderstruck a year before the book was published, a reporting adventure with New York Times reporter Michael Winerip (Adam Canfield series), a Kiki-Strike-related field trip through the West Village with author Kirsten Miller, a visit to the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with George O'Connor (The Olympians series), an afternoon at the Bronx Museum of Art with the 2010 National Book Award-nominee Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), a tour of a special whale exhibit at the Museum of Natural History with Margi Preus (Heart of a Samurai), a backstage visit at the New Amsterdam Theatre with actor and author Tim Federle (Better Nate Than Ever), an exploration of The Frick Collection with Laura Marx Fitzgerald (The Gallery), and a trip to The Colbert Report to meet with a team of comedy writers.

In addition, campers visited with editors, designers, and publicists at Random House Children's Books where they received a surprise visit from Christopher Paolini (Eragon).

We also got a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company's reconstructed Stratford-upon-Avon theater at the Park Avenue Armory with Elise Broach (Shakespeare's Secret), met with the audio book production team at Penguin Random House, explored the Ambrose Lightship at the South Street Seaport with writer and illustrator Brian Floca (Lightship; City of Light, City of Dark), visited the Trinity Cemetery with Matthew Cody (The Dead Gentleman), and took book-related trips to the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Tenement Museum, and the New York Hall of Science, among others.

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