This summer, kids across Canada can unlock their imaginations and explore new reading adventures with TD Summer Reading Club – Canada’s largest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. Sponsored by TD Bank Group and developed by the Toronto Public Library in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, participating libraries from coast-to-coast will provide kids with free reading resources and activities all summer long. This year’s theme – find your wild – encourages kids to let go of their everyday, step outside their ordinary and explore the unknown, the untamed, and the unexplored through reading. Each year over a million books are read as part of TD Summer Reading Club.
For the first time, TD Summer Reading Club members will also have access to exclusive online stories from feature authors Jess Keating and Anne Bernard-Lenoir, which will be released in eight parts from June until August on tdsummerreadingclub.ca.
As part of TD Summer Reading Club’s launch, signature events will be held on June 25th at the Halifax Central Library and Laval’s Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy. During the events, kids and parents will enjoy performances, activities and live readings, including the release of the first chapters of the exclusive online stories.
“During the summer months, kids explore new worlds and embark on exciting adventures. The TD Summer Reading Club encourages kids to think outside the box and discover a joy of reading,” said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group. “TD believes it’s important to develop literacy skills among young readers and we are proud to help bring TD Summer Reading Club to hundreds of thousands of kids across Canada each year.”
The wildest book list of the summer
To kick start kids’ summer reading adventures, librarians from across Canada have put together a list of the Top 20 Recommended Reads. Each book brings to life this year’s TD Summer Reading club theme with books from well-known and emerging Canadian authors and illustrators. The selection includes 10 books in English and 10 in French for a wide range of ages and abilities.
“Summer reading programs are vital to building literacy and learning skills, while letting kids unleash their creativity and imagination,” said Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “We are delighted to collaborate with Toronto Public Library, TD and the thousands of local libraries across Canada to deliver such an impactful program to communities.”
The perks of participating
As part of the 2016 TD Summer Reading Club kids will:
- Receive a free reading kit, including a notebook and stickers, to help them keep track of their progress throughout the summer (accessible version available)
- Be invited to take part in free, fun activities at local libraries and online
- Access exclusive online stories from the TD Summer Reading Club feature authors, as well as online book recommendations
- Connect online with other young readers by sharing book reviews, jokes and stories. CNW