TD Summer Reading Club 2019

TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is co-created and delivered by more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada.  It celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. It’s designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way – the key to building a lifelong love of reading.

Why it’s special:

Kids (and their caregivers) can participate anytime, anywhere – at local public libraries across Canada as well as at home, online, on the road or wherever their summer takes them.

Participants explore recommended reads; track their own reading; connect and share with others across the country; read books online; join in activities; collect reading incentives; write jokes, stories and book reviews, and more. There are great resources for kids with print disabilities as well as for pre-readers and their families. 

For more information about the value of summer reading, read Library and Archives Canada's Literature Review on the Impact of Summer Reading Clubs

2019 Theme

illustration of an orange caterpillar reading a book

Our theme for 2019 is the “Natural World.” Here’s the compelling idea section from the creative brief:

This summer, the TD Summer Reading Club invites you to “unplug” and take a moment to explore the stories and science of nature through adventure and play—to marvel at a growing seed, be awed by extreme weather, and wonder about our connection to each other and the earth that sustains us.

Together, we’ll trek through the wilderness, real or imagined, and let our playful curiosity give rise to questions about the world around us, leading to surprising discoveries. Whether exploring in our own backyards or the world beyond, we’re sure to be amazed by the natural world and the role it plays in our imaginations and our daily lives.

Please remember that for the last several years, our themes have not had a public-facing name. The phrase “Natural World” is only meant to guide those developing the program content and is not meant to be used in publicity materials.

Illustrator and Web Comic Author

We are very pleased that Clayton Hanmer is illustrating the 2019 program. We’re also excited to announce that Jo Rioux will write and illustrate our first online web comic, which will be available in English and French on our kids’ site this summer.


The TD Summer Reading Club is a fully accessible program. All participating libraries will receive accessible versions of the materials to distribute to participants with print disabilities from the Centre for Equitable Library Access.

Program Support for Library Staff