Wild Reading Adventures all Summer Long from TD Summer Reading Club

- Hundreds of thousands of kids are getting their summer read on through exclusive online stories, free activities and more, as part of Canada's largest bilingual summer reading program -

TORONTO, June 22, 2016 /CNW/ - 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

"The TD Summer Reading Club provides amazing reading recommendations, but it also helps kids connect with local public library staff and other young readers to discover even more great reads," said Lisa Heggum, Child & Youth Advocate, Toronto Public Library. "Kids are encouraged to read whatever they'd like all summer long. This freedom to choose can spark a passion for reading and learning that extends well beyond the summer months."

To learn more about TD Summer Reading Club visit tdsummerreadingclub.ca and to learn more about TD's commitment to children's literacy visit tdreads.com.

About TD's Commitment to Children's Literature
The ability to read is often taken for granted. This skill is paramount to success during school years and beyond, which is why TD believes it's important to get children reading and to foster a lifelong joy of reading. Since 2000, TD has invested more than $30 million to support literacy and reading programs at local schools and public libraries across Canada.

SOURCE TD Bank Group

For further information: Sheri Papps / Nicole McRonney-Apaw, Paradigm Public Relations, 416-413-5207 / 416-413-5114, spapps@paradigmpr.ca / nmcronney-apaw@paradigmpr.ca; Stefanie Marotta, TD Bank Group, 416-983-6072, stefanie.marotta@td.com


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