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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 25, 2017

What a day at camp! We began the day with an activity centered around one of the plot-pieces in our book of the day, Brightwood by Tania Unsworth, called Day Boxes. Without spoiling too much, one of the characters in the book experiences a trauma that makes her never, ever want to lose anything- so she [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 3 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 24, 2017

What a great first day of camp! We started off by playing some get-to-know-you games in the Sharp Theater. After “Icebreaker Bingo,” we went around in a circle and named some of our favorite books (a list of these will be at the end of this post). Then we did mini book clubs, where campers [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week Two Day Five

By Camp Staff
Published on July 21, 2017

Friday arrived so quickly! And, boy, our last day was a good one. In the morning, we had a visit from Adam Shaughnessy, author of The Unbelievable FIB: The Trickster’s Tale. He told two stories about how he wrote the book, and asked us all to decide which one was true. The (condensed) stories were [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 2 Day 4

By Camp Staff
Published on July 20, 2017

Today at camp the kids got a chance to meet the authors of the book The Two Naomis,  Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick, who taught the kids how to let their imagination run free, like they did with their book. The two authors wrote this book, after meeting at a writers’ conference, without really having anything [...]

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Week 2, Day 1!

By Camp Staff
Published on July 17, 2017

What a fabulous first day of Book Club Camp! We started off with some get-to-know you games, so we could learn a little more about our fellow campers, and have some fun.  After a rollicking round of The Great Wind Blows, we played Icebreaker Bingo.  Each camper had a bingo sheet to fill in (The [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 5

By Camp Staff
Published on July 14, 2017

Wow! What a great week of camp! It’s hard to believe that it’s already over. Today, we began (as usual) with several rounds of games in the Thalia theater and some quiet time. But more importantly, our author that visited today was Wendy Wan-Long Shang! Wendy was so cool and she gave us so much [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 3

By Camp Staff
Published on July 12, 2017

Looks like the Greek gods blessed us with a great third day! George O’Connor, author of “Artemis, Wild Goddess of the Hunt,” spent the morning and afternoon with us – geeking out about Greek mythology, showing us secret sketches, and teaching us how to illustrate like him! Before George came , we went to the [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 2

By Camp Staff
Published on July 11, 2017

Another great day at camp! We started by playing a few games in the Thalia Theater (“Handshake Murderer” was followed by the thematically appropriate “Ghosts”). After some excess energy had been dispensed with, we prepared for our field trip to Penguin Random House Audiobooks by reading an excerpt from The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff. Campers [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1 Day 1

By Camp Staff
Published on July 10, 2017

Wow! What a wonderful first day of camp! It was almost as if the Thalia Studio were transformed into a magical parallel universe… hmm… We began the day with some games that transformed our campers into Giants, Elves, and Wizards before engaging in some more traditional ice-breaker games like Get-to-Know-You Bingo. We spent the rest [...]

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Thalia Book Club Camp Week 4 Final Day

By Camp Staff
Published on August 5, 2016

What a bittersweet yet wonderful day it was! Last days are never easy, but we certainly went out in style. In the morning, we all had fun with temporary tattoos, many of them Harry Potter related! After applying our “tattoos,” we went to the Sharp stage for one final epic round of The Great Wind [...]

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