TD Summer Reading Club 2011

Splash! Celebrate Summer
Once again, TD Bank Financial Group, the Toronto Public Library and Library and Archives Canada are proud to support literacy in Canada by offering the TD Summer Reading Club to Canadian children across the nation in both English and French.

The TD Summer Reading Club has been successful in inspiring children to spend more time reading books and visiting their local libraries. During the summer of 2010, more than half a million children participated in programs offered at their local libraries and read more than 2 million books!

Here is a list of our books that are on the TD Summer Reading Club’s English book list:

Easy Readers
Don’t Go Near the Water!
By Veronika Martenova Charles
Illustrated by David Parkins
Trade Paperback | 56 pages
Ages 5-8 years
ISBN 978-0-88776-780-7
eBook 978-1-77049-055-0
“Having been warned to stay away from the high waters of the local creek, three friends’ imaginations run as swiftly as the stream. Before they know it, they have scared themselves silly with stories from Britain, Hawaii and Central Europe.” – Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
By Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Hardcover | 112 pages
Ages 8-11 years
ISBN 978-0-88776-895-8
eBook 978-1-77049-071-0
“Fagan has produced a lively tale of pirates, transatlantic voyages, and the usual heedless parents…” – Books for Young People: Books of the Year, Quill & Quire

Fiction 9-12 Years Old
Into the Ravine
By Richard Scrimger
Trade Paperback | 264 pages
Ages 11+
ISBN 978-0-88776-822-4
“Scrimger is a deft and funny storyteller who understands early adolescent boys, their dreams, and their realities…. A funny, scary, exciting, and spot-on adventure.” – Booklist

Noses are Red
By Richard Scrimger
Trade Paperback | 208 pages
Ages 8-12 years
ISBN 978-0-88776-590-2
eBook 978-1-77049-044-4
“As with its predecessors, this book is hilarious, with a wonderful blend of slapstick humor and dry wit. It will appeal to anyone who hates summer camp or who enjoys a refreshingly comic look at everyday life.” – VOYA

Folk Tales
Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds
By C.J. Taylor
Hardcover | 40 pages
Ages 8+
ISBN 978-0-88776-872-9
“Taylor’s retellings are crisp and lend themselves well to reading aloud. Each story is accompanied by a lushly hued, surrealistic painting. The powerful images featuring fearsome creatures and tiny human figures balance the taut economy of the text … this well-crafted collection is an accessible and thoughtful supplement to Native American culture studies.” – School Library Journal

Sindbad in the Land of Giants
By Ludmila Zeman
Hardcover | 32 pages
Ages 6+
HC ISBN 978-0-88776-461-5
TR ISBN 978-1-77049-266-0
“Engagingly written, the story is fleshed out by Zeman’s illustrations. Richly detailed, with intricate borders, the pictures are strongly reminiscent of Near Eastern miniatures, thus evoking the culture from which the story springs … for those who like adventure stories with gorgeous artwork, this title is a sound addition to folklore collections.” – School Library Journal

Lord of the Sky
By Linda Zeman-Spaleny
Illustrated by Ludmila Zeman
Hardcover | 32 pages
Ages 8+
ISBN 978-0-88776-896-5
“Zeman-Spaleny does a solid job with this classic, making the early ravens obnoxious but loveable whereas the thunderbird is both powerful and terrifying…. Illustrator Ludmila Zeman’s illustrations portray the strength of the story and its characters, with a palette of blacks, browns and autumn tones that captures the setting perfectly…. A glossy rendering of a classic; this is excellent mythology and delightful story-telling.” – Eclectica Magazine

Non-fiction
Sail Away with Me: Old and New Poems
By Jane Collins-Philippe
Illustrated by Laura Beingessner
Hardcover | 32 pages
Ages 3-6 years
ISBN 978-0-88776-842-2
“…The lively watercolor illustrations extend the images in the words, with pictures of ships on the ocean with patchwork sails and whimsical animal crews…. Ranging in theme from adventure to nonsense, these poems will be fun for reading aloud.” – Booklist

A Thousand Years of Pirates
By William Gilkerson
Hardcover | 96 pages
Ages 10+
ISBN 978-0-88776-924-5
eBook 978-1-77049-082-6
“The combination of strong storytelling and beautiful artwork and design make this an appealing book for children of all ages… Unparalleled in the presentation of pirate history… Gilkerson successfully weaves together fascinating tales to bring life and context to these adventurers of the high seas.” – Jury Comments, Finalist: Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Advanced Picture Books
A Seaside Alphabet
By Donna Grassby
Illustrated by Susan Tooke
Trade Paperback | 32 pages
Ages 6+
ISBN 978-0-88776-938-2
“…Each of Tooke’s 26 realistic paintings is a watercolor artwork in itself, capturing seaside scenes full of action, excitement, enjoyment, and wonder.” – National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature

Where I Live
By Frances Wolfe
Hardcover | 32 pages
Ages 3-6 years
ISBN 978-0-88776-529-2
“…words and images together take readers to a lovely, serene seascape and result in a lovely picture book.” – School Library Journal

Teen Books
Would You
By Marthe Jocelyn
Hardcover | 176 pages
Ages 9-12 years
HC ISBN 978-0-88776-816-3
TR ISBN 978-1-77049-223-3
eBook 978-1-77049-022-2
“The opening chapters give little hints of the intensity of Jocelyn’s…exquisitely honed novel…. Although the plot line sounds like that of a standard weeper, the author resists the urge to magnify emotions. Natalie reacts honestly, neither beautifully nor nobly…. The light touch with which Jocelyn handles her difficult material is best seen when Claire is declared brain-dead and taken off life support: the humanity in the author’s treatment affords the readers a sense both of grief and of peace.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


Click here to see last year’s theme and book list.

British Columbia artist Kim LaFave, a recipient of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, has created the artwork for the program.

And… if you’re free tomorrow:

TD Summer Reading Club Launch – Splash Fair!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
York Woods
Join the Toronto Public Library for fun Splash-themed activities to kick start the beginning of TD Summer Reading Club. Face painting, surprise guests, arts & crafts and much, much, more! No registration required. This program will be held in the Children’s Department and Outside Parking Lot area.

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Winner

Thank  you for joining us for the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Page Turners! Did you have fun?

Before we announce the winner of the prize pack, I asked my colleagues to share some of their favourite frozen treats during the summer, and here’s what they had to say:

“Soft vanilla ice cream… Yum!” – Alison
“A lime slushy.” – Kathryn
“A creamsicle!” – Pamela
“Ice cream sandwiches!” – Sylvia (that’s me)

Okay, time to add all our subscribers and comment entries, pull up the magical random generator, and it tells us…

Number #177, congratulations to Sherry S, who enjoys fruit slushes during the hot summer weather!

Please check your inbox for an e-mail from us. You will be getting our Splash into Summer prize pack:

THANKS AGAIN to everyone who participated!

Splash Into Summer

We’re celebrating summer with the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Page Turners. Thank you for joining us!

What do you have to do to enter? Leave a comment below telling us your favourite frozen treat during the summer. Our e-mail subscribers are automatically entered to win. If you haven’t subscribed yet, do so for one extra entry. Simply enter and verify your e-mail using the Subscribe widget at the top, right corner of this blog.

Details: This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.A. only. Please read our rules for more information.

Dates: This giveaway starts on Wednesdays, May 25, 2011 and ends on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at midnight. One winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 to receive the prize pack.

Splash into reading with our prize pack:

Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
By Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Hardcover | 112 pages
Ages 8-11 years
ISBN 978-0-88776-895-8
eBook 978-1-77049-071-0
“Fagan has produced a lively tale of pirates, transatlantic voyages, and the usual heedless parents…” – Books for Young People: Books of the Year, Quill & Quire


Into the Ravine
By Richard Scrimger
Trade Paperback | 264 pages
Ages 11+
ISBN 978-0-88776-822-4
“Scrimger is a deft and funny storyteller who understands early adolescent boys, their dreams, and their realities…. A funny, scary, exciting, and spot-on adventure.” –Booklist

Would You
By Marthe Jocelyn
Hardcover | 176 pages
Ages 9-12 years
HC ISBN 978-0-88776-816-3
TR ISBN 978-1-77049-223-3
eBook 978-1-77049-022-2
“The opening chapters give little hints of the intensity of Jocelyn’s…exquisitely honed novel…. Although the plot line sounds like that of a standard weeper, the author resists the urge to magnify emotions. Natalie reacts honestly, neither beautifully nor nobly…. The light touch with which Jocelyn handles her difficult material is best seen when Claire is declared brain-dead and taken off life support: the humanity in the author’s treatment affords the readers a sense both of grief and of peace.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Giveaway hops are when each blog host their own giveaway, the idea is that you “hop” from one blog to another – perhaps discovering a new blog that you’ll start following. So after you enter our giveaway, hop to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer or Page Turners to visit the next blog!

Keep Toronto Reading 2011

Keep Toronto Reading starts tomorrow! Start celebrating books and reading! The festival is a month long, April 1-April 30, with events in many of the library branches. You can view the full schedule of  programs on the Toronto Public Library’s website. Here are some events featuring Tundra authors and illustrators from the KTR page:

Meet Author Robin Muller
Friday, April 01, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
At Albert Campbell (496 Birchmount Road, Toronto, ON M1K 1N8)
How did author and illustrator Robin Muller become a children’s book star? Come find out! For more information, contact the branch at 416-396-8890.

Get Creative with Robin Muller
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At Fairview (35 Fairview Mall Dr., Toronto, ON M2J 4S4)
Wanna be an author or illustrator? Get the ins and outs of the creative process from a pro. Ages 6 to 12.

BOOK BASH!! Children’s Literature Festival

Writing Workshop with Marthe Jocelyn
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At Northern District, Program Room (40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9)
Meet Marthe Jocelyn, winner of the first TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature, and get creative in this hands-on writing workshop. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited.

Meet Author Richard Scrimger
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At Northern District, Urban Living Room (40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9)
Richard Scrimger is the winner of the Mr. Christie Book Award for The Nose from Jupiter, a book about a wise-cracking alien who inhabits a little boy’s nose. Many of his other books have also been nominated for awards. He wrote a series of picture books starring baby Bun Bun, and also writes novels for young adults. Ages 8 and up.

Meet Author Cary Fagan
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
At Northern District, Urban Living Room (40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9)
Cary Fagan is an award-winning children’s author, a writer of adult novels, an editor and a contributor to a number of magazines and newspapers. Cary has written several picture books, including Gogol’s Coat and The Market Wedding. Daughter of the Great Zandini, winner of a Mr. Christie Silver Medal, was Cary’s first novel for children and The Fortress of Kaspar Snit was his second. Ages 8 and up.

Meet Author Shane Peacock
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
At Northern District, Urban Living Room (40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto, ON M4R 1B9)
Shane Peacock’s books are peopled with high-wire walkers, sumo wrestlers, the world’s most dangerous man and literature’s most famous detective. To research his books, he learned the art of tight-rope walking and sumo eating. His latest novel is The Secret Fiend: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 4th Case. The Boy Sherlock series has garnered multiple awards. Ages 9 and up.

Tundra is having fun transforming into books too:

Let books transform you this April! Take your photo and share it with the Toronto Public Library on twitter or facebook.

Day 2: Festival of Trees 2010

Here we are at day 2 (click here for Day 1) of the Forest of Reading’s Festival of Trees! Today we attended all three Silver Birch Award ceremonies to cheer for our authors and illustrators.

The day starts off with the Silver Birch Award’s Nonfiction category. Mark Thurman is busy watching the presenters talk about the authors. *Waving to the creators of Alien Invaders* Jane Drake spots us in the first photo and then Ann Love does!

Alien Invaders didn’t win, but congratulations to Larry Verstraete, his book At the Edge did!

Next up, Shane Peacock’s Death in the Air was nominated in the Silver Birch Award’s Fiction category.

Death in the Air didn’t win, but congratulations to Robert Paul Weston, his book Zorgamazoo did!

The last ceremony of the day, we had two nominees for the Silver Birch Award’s Express category. Cary Fagan with Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit and Cyndi Sand-Eveland’s Dear Toni. Will we win anything?

Drumrolls and the finalists are announced, both of our authors are in it! Congratulations to Cary Fagan, Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit was named a Silver Birch Express Honour Book! Listen to the scream, cheers, and chants!

Wait for it… Cyndi Sand-Eveland’s Dear Toni is the winner of the Silver Birch Express Award!!!

Doesn’t the award look great?

The instant stardom!

Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators, thank you to each and every one of you for coming out to the festival and the award ceremony! Most of all, thank you to all the readers who voted!