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2019 Top 10 English Recommended Reads

February 05, 2019

We’re pleased to announce our top 10 recommended reads for the 2019 TD Summer Reading Club!

The 10 books are written by Canadian authors and fit with our “Natural World” theme. These books—along with 10 French titles—will be featured in our printed parent brochure.

We have also selected a longer list of 75 recommended reads, which is featured on our staff website, and you can download the list in Excel format.


  • Countdown to Danger: Canadian Survival
  • By Jeff Szpirglas
  • Scholastic Canada Ltd., 2018
  • ISBN: 9781443163309
  • Ages 8–12
  • A Canadian survival adventure that lets you choose your own path to try and make it out of the woods alive.


  • City Critters
  • By Antonia Banyard
  • Annick Press, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781773210759
  • Ages 0–4
  • Enjoy a walk outside as you observe and identify the wildlife around you.


  • You Are Never Alone
  • By Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim
  • Owlkids Books Inc., 2019
  • ISBN: 9781771473156
  • Ages 4–8
  • An exploration of the ways that all humans are connected to and supported by nature.


  • Lost! (Survivor Diaries)
  • By Terry Lynn Johnson and Jani Orban
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
  • ISBN: 9780544971189
  • Ages 8–12
  • Carter and Anna recount their tale of survival in a dangerous jungle in Costa Rica.


  • Carson Crosses Canada
  • By Linda Bailey and Kass Reich
  • Tundra Books, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781101918838
  • Ages 4–8
  • Annie and her dog Carson travel from British Columbia to Newfoundland, taking in the unique landscapes each province offers along the way.


  • Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? How Animals Keep Warm
  • By Etta Kaner and John Martz
  • Owlkids Books Inc., 2018
  • ISBN: 9781771472920
  • Ages 4–9
  • An interactive book that explores the methods that animals use to cope with living in cold environments.


  • Splish, Splash, Foxes Dash! Canadian Wildlife in Colour
  • By Geraldo Valério
  • Owlkids Books Inc., 2018
  • ISBN: 9781771472906
  • Ages 2–6
  • Vivid illustrations by Geraldo Valério combine with simple phrases to feature 10 animals common to Canada.


  • Going Wild: Helping Nature Thrive in Cities
  • By Michelle Mulder
  • Orca Book Publishers, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781459812871
  • Ages 9–12
  • Describes the numerous benefits of letting wilderness back into the urban landscape.


  • Be a City Nature Detective: Solving the Mysteries of How Plants and Animals Survive in the Urban Jungle
  • By Peggy Kochanoff
  • Nimbus Publishing, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781771085724
  • Ages 9–12
  • An illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries in the city, including answering questions like why some grey squirrels are actually black.


  • Sukaq and the Raven
  • By Roy Goose, Kerry McCluskey, and Soyeon Kim
  • Inhabit Media, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781772271393
  • Ages 4–8
  • Inuit storyteller Roy Goose tells the tale of Sukaq, a young girl who rides on the wings of a raven as the world is formed.