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The TD Summer Reading Club is a free, fun way to help encourage kids to read through the summer break. It’s Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities, and is offered both through public libraries and online.
To participate, check with your local public library to see whether in-person registration is open—it varies slightly by location but is usually in mid- to late-June. Your child will receive a free notebook and stickers to track their reading, and your library may also have fun activities and initiatives for kids to take part in.
Kids can visit the Club’s website at www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca to create an online notebook to track and their summer reads, as well as vote on their favourites! They can also access eBooks, a web comic, trivia, colouring sheets, and more. Plus, the reading club is accessible for kids of all abilities, and will provide notebooks and many of the books in alternative formats.
Best of all, the TD Summer Reading Club is a big supporter of Canadian children’s books, and each year they provide an exciting new list of Canadian book recommendations. For those who want to try out the local reads on the list this year, they’re recommending several books written by Alberta authors! Plus, the featured artist they’ve chosen to help make the notebook and program materials lively and fun is Calgary-based children’s book illustrator David Whamond.
Free book club, fun stickers, online book voting, libraries, and Alberta authors—there’s a lot to love about this great annual program.
Alberta-authored books included in the 2021 TD Summer Reading Club recommendations:
Siha Tooskin Knows The Love of the Dance by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, and Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
Paul Wahasaypa (Siha Tooskin) has invited his friend, Jeff, to his first ever powwow. Siha Tooskin and his Uncle Lenard teach him about Nakota forms of traditional and non-traditional dance. Ages: 8-12
Charlene Bearhead , Wilson Bearhead
Published: May 26, 2020 by Portage & Main Press
Volleyball Vibe by Karen Spafford-Fitz
Ria, a teenager living in Edmonton, Alberta, is passionate about fashion and beauty. When her mother insists that she either get a job or join a team sport, Ria joins a volleyball team. She quickly discovers her own capabilities and the rewards and challenges that come with team sport. Ages: 9-12
Published: Sep 15, 2020 by James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Boxitects by Kim Smith
Published: Sep 03, 2019 by HarperCollins
Recent books illustrated by the 2021 TD Summer Reading Club artist Dave Whamond:
Muddle School by Dave Whamond
For every adolescent who’s ever believed they’re all alone in their misery, here’s a hilarious graphic novel about a new kid awkwardly trying to navigate the social pressures of making friends, dealing with crushes, avoiding bullies – a.k.a. middle school! Ages: 10-13
Published: Sep 07, 2021 by Kids Can Press
Shark Bait! by Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge
Shark-obsessed Orly spends every summer with her family on the coast and this year her parents have signed her up for sailing lessons. Orly is excited to be on the water, but rather than learning to tie knots and batten down the hatches, she has other plans. She’s going to use her tablet to track Delta, a great white shark known to frequent the area. Ages: 6-8