TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities.

Co-created and delivered by 2,000 public libraries across Canada; development of this national, bilingual program is led by Toronto Public Library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. Sponsorship is generously provided by TD Bank Group.

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.

So much information and suggestions can be found on the TD SRC website


2019 Theme

TD Summer Reading Club 2019: Natural World
This summer children are invited to unplug and explore through adventure and play.


Creative Brief

Participants will be invited to “unplug” and explore the stories and science of nature through adventure and play.

Whether exploring in our own backyards or beyond, they will surely be amazed by the natural world and the role it plays in our imaginations and our daily lives.

Please remember that the theme does not have 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.

Clayton (aka CTON) is an illustrator whose energetic comic style is featured throughout dozens of online and print magazines. He illustrated several books for children, including the award-winning Not Your Typical Book about the Environment and the upcoming Dog vs. Ultra Dog (Owlkids Books, 2019).

He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his super awesome wife, amazing daughter and a weird cat named Graphite.

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.


Launch Date

Save the date! As in past years, we’re asking all libraries to join in promoting the TD Summer Reading Club with fun activities as part of the fourth annual Get Your Summer Read On Day. To make it easier for more libraries to participate in this nationwide registration drive, libraries are encouraged to host their events and activities on a day of their choice during the week of June 15–22, 2019. More information will be provided in the new year, but in the meantime, please choose your day and mark your calendars!



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.


Free promotional material

The deadline for ordering the free promotional material is January 21, 2019.

All Northern Ontario public libraries should be using our online order form

The form details all the items offered and has ordering tips for each.


TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards

Since 2007, these awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in each official language in local public libraries across Canada.



Winner of a first prize of $10 000

Callander Public Library’s worked with a record number of partners. One such partner, FIRST 1305 Robotics Team, Ice Cubed delivered two one-week Lego/Robotics camps. The library offered TDSRC activities in the morning and in the afternoon the children learned to develop engineering skills by participating in the Lego/Robotics camp.



Honourable Mention

Bkejwanong First Nation Public Library. This very small library used the materials provided to offer a strong summer program for children in the area. They held a Library Literacy Event featuring a travelling zoo, storytelling, book displays and various other library resources. The only staff member posted flyers throughout the community to promote the program and organized a grade one field trip from the local elementary school in June to introduce the children to the facility itself.



Third prize of $1,000 was awarded to Mattice-Val Côté Public Library, where volunteers offered an ambitious program despite the lack of budget money.

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