Important news taken from the TD SRC staff blog

In light of the current situation across Canada, we regret to inform you that the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) partners have made the decision to cancel the distribution of the physical program materials for summer 2020.  The almost 4 million pieces of program materials will be stored and distributed in the spring of 2021.  We feel this is for the best both in respecting the physical distancing measures currently in place and in being environmentally responsible.

The good news is that the TDRSC already has a robust online program, so for this year we will shift to online exclusively with the added elements we shared in last week’s blog post.

The online program for kids kicks off on June 15th!

You can get more information on how to register your library at

There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions at

The TD Summer Reading Club has a blog for library staff. You can find it at

The three official Get Your Summer Read On events scheduled for June 2020 have been cancelled.

The TD SRC has launched a new Facebook group “TD Summer Reading Club community_La communauté du Club de lecture d’été TD.” Whether you are seasoned library staff or a first-time volunteer, this is a members-only supportive platform where you can share tips, program successes and best practices, as well as ask questions within the community. To join, click on the group name above and choose “Join Group” once you are on Facebook.

TD SRC is also working to support libraries and families by providing more online content in case service disruptions and physical distancing measures continue into the summer. This will include children’s author and illustrator workshops and readings on their online platforms. Please use your library’s online platforms to direct families to and our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites. On the TD SRC site, kids will be able to track their reading, access free e-books and engage in related activities, such as the workshops noted above and the new Battle of the Books. Online participation will count towards your library’s registrations and they will be reporting on the number of online notebook registrations per library.

As in past years, kids will be able to register and participate online through the TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC) website, which will launch on June 15. We hope you will use your online platforms to link to their website and encourage families to join us online. The website will allow kids to do the following:

  • Create an online notebook—Kids can generate web access codes directly on their website. This allows them to create their own digital notebooks, which link to their respective library systems. Kids can track their reading by adding the books they read over the summer to their digital notebooks. There is also a special section in their notebooks to record reading material other than books, such as games and recipes. Kids can personalize their notebooks with a nickname and avatar, and the notebook will store any contributions kids make to other parts of our website, such as jokes and stories (see below). Each time a kid adds a book or submits content, they are rewarded with a digital badge that is stored in their notebook.
  • Read e-books—They have e-books for all ages and interests, and in both English and French. Once kids set up their online notebooks, they can access the e-books at any time over the summer—no waiting lists or restrictions!
  • Vote in the Battle of the Books—This is an 8-book tournament in which two books battle for top choice each week. All of the books are available as e-books, so kids can read the books online and then vote for their favourite. At the end of the summer one book will be crowned as the summer’s champion.
  • Review books—Kids can share what they think about books they have read for other kids to see.
  • Participate in weekly trivia—Each week, they will have a new multiple choice trivia question for kids to answer. After selecting an answer, kids see an explanation and a prompt to explore the topic further.
  • Write stories—Their silly stories ask kids to add their own words to a pre-written, hidden story. Once kids fill in the word prompts, the full story is revealed—and it’s usually silly! We also have story starters, where kids continue writing a story that we’ve started for them. Kids can read the story endings that other kids have submitted.
  • Read and write jokes—Kids can write their own jokes and read the jokes submitted by other kids. There is an option to like a joke and sort the jokes by most popular and trending.
  • Read an original web comic—Kean Soo has written an original web comic called The Transfer Student. Kids can read it and then participate in discussion questions with other kids. For bilingual kids, Yves Bourgelas has written an original web comic in French that they can check out as well.
  • View author/illustrator readings and workshops—They will be offering 28 online readings and workshops that can be accessed through the kids’ site, including videos from Dave Whamond, Kean Soo and Yves Bourgelas.
  • Print colouring sheets—Colouring sheets ranging from simple to advanced for parents to print out for kids of all ages.
  • Find the perfect book—Kids answer the book-finder questions to find the book most suited for them.

New this year, TD SRC will be reporting on the number of online registrations per library at three points over the summer; mid July; mid August and after labour day. They will also be reporting locally on our online parent and child survey results. Stay tuned.

If you require more detailed tracking, you may consider taking advantage of a 15% discount offered to TD SRC members for reading tracking software available through Beanstack or Readsquared. These are the two most popular tracking platforms based on a recent poll of U.S. public libraries by School Library Journal. This discount is meant to make the software accessible to those who need it and not as an endorsement. Libraries registered for the program can use TD SRC visual assets and link families to the TD SRC website through these platforms. Libraries interested in purchasing reading tracking software platforms will need to contact the companies offering this software directly.




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

Kids (and their caregivers) can participate anytime, anywhere - at their local public libraries across Canada, at home, online, on the road, or wherever their summer takes them. Participants can explore recommended reads (including in electronic format) and track their own reading progress; connect and share with others across the country; join in activities at their local libraries; collect reading incentives; write jokes, stories, book reviews, and more. There are great resources for kids with print disabilities as well as for pre-readers and their families.

Check out the TD Summer Reading Club website  for more information and suggestions.


2020 Theme

TD Summer Reading Club 2020: Game On!
This summer children are invited to cheer each other on as they acheive their personal best.

We can play on a team, knowing we're better together, or play on our own to see how far we can gol  We'll learn about our work, ourselves and each other through play, and if we stumble along the way, we'll get up laughing and keep on trying because failing is sometimes part of the game.

Please remember that the theme does not have a public-facing name. The phrase “Game On” is only meant to guide those developing the program content and is not meant to be used in publicity materials. 

Illustrator and Web Comic Authors    Yes, the online comic book is back this year!

Dave Whamond is illustrating the 2020 program.  

Kean Soo will write and illustrate the English comic. Yves Bourgelas will isllustrate the French comic.  The comics will be available on the TD SRC kids' site this summer.

Dave Whamond has worked on over 30 books including Rosie's Glasses, My Think-a-ma-Jink, the Oddrey series, Frank and Laverne, Nick and the Sidekick, and a Robert Munsch book, Braids.  His newest graphic novel, Alien Nate, comes out in early 2020.  He has also just finished illustrating a new Robert Munsch book titled School Rules!  Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his family and his dog, Aiko.

Kean Soo was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in various parts of Hong Kong and Canada. He trained as an electrical engineer, and now writes and draws comics for a living. Kean is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series Jellaby and March Grand Prix. He was also an assistant editor for and contributor to the Flight comic anthology series. Kean currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Yves Bourgelas is a freelance illustrator from Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. He studied 2D Animation in Quebec City, and then Comic Arts in Gatineau. He has also developped Supercrash, his youth comic book series. Two books are available, Hero by Chance and Double Identities which was published in 2017. Yves currently lives in Gatineau, Québec.  

Launch 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 fifth annual Get Your Summer Read On Day. To make it easier for libraries to participate in this nationwide registration drive, libraries are encouraged to host their events and activities on any day of their choice between June 13–27, 2020. That’s right—this year you can choose any day in a two-week period.

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 27, 2020.

All Northern Ontario 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 to Northern Libraries

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. 

2019 - To be announced 

2018 - Honourable Mention

Timmins Public Library partnered with the Ojibway & Cree Centre to offer a broad spectrum of programming. They included therapy dogs, braille kits, Indigenous resources, puppet shows and local authors in their summer reading club. 

2017 - First Prize of $10 000

Callander Public Library’ 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. 

2016 - Honourable Mention

Bkejwanong First Nation Public LibraryThis 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. 

2015 - Third prize of $1,000

Mattice-Val Côté Public Library volunteers offered an ambitious program despite the lack of budget money.

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