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2020 Top 10 English Recommended Reads

January 21, 2020

We’re pleased to announce our top 10 recommended reads for the 2020 TD Summer Reading Club!

The 10 books are written by Canadian authors and fit with our “Game On!” theme. These books—along with 10 French titles—will be featured in our printed brochure for parents.

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


  • Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them
  • By Galadriel Watson and Cornelia Li
  • Annick Press, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781773212500
  • Ages 10—12
  • Discover the incredible things that humans are capable of and how these achievements are scientifically possible.


  • Meet Tom Longboat
  • By Elizabeth MacLeod and Mike Deas
  • Scholastic Canada, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781443163910
  • Ages 6—10
  • In 1907, Tom won the Boston Marathon. He faced criticism for his unusual training techniques, but Tom always did what he felt was right.


  • Camp Average
  • By Craig Battle
  • Owlkids, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781771473057
  • Ages 9—12
  • A group of campers decide to revolt by losing spectacularly at every game they play.


  • Yoga Baby
  • By Amy Hovey
  • Orca Book Publishers, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781459818286
  • Ages 0—3
  • This rhyming book celebrates the simple joy of yoga and the natural shapes that babies can make with their bodies.


  • Lucy Tries Basketball
  • By Lisa Bowes and James Hearne
  • Orca Book Publishers, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781459816978
  • Ages 3—7
  • Lucy and friends are out on the playground when they spot Ava playing basketball with her cousin Jermaine, a professional player.


  • Karate Kakapo
  • By Loredana Cunti and Stacy Curtis
  • Kids Can Press, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781771388030
  • Ages 3—7
  • Kakapo has mastered all the karate kicks. Well… except for the most challenging one: the flying kick.


  • The Canadian Kids' Guide to Outdoor Fun
  • By Helaine Becker and Claudia Dávila
  • Scholastic Canada, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781443148450
  • Ages 6-12
  • Full of outdoor things to do—with a friend, a crowd, or all on your own. You'll never be bored again!


  • Inuit Games
  • By Thomas Anguti Johnston and Sigmunder Thorgeirsson
  • Inhabit Education Books Inc., 2019
  • ISBN: 9780228702870
  • Ages 4—8
  • Learn all about Inuit games and why they are important for staying healthy and strong for life in the Arctic.


  • Team Steve
  • By Kelly Collier
  • Kids Can Press, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781771389327
  • Ages 4—8
  • In the annual relay race, Steve is paired with the much slower Duck, Turtle and Snail. Steve discovers that there is more than one way to be a winner.


  • Eight Times Up
  • By John Corr
  • Orca Book Publishers, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781459818613
  • Ages 9–12
  • Riley's dad signs him up for aikido to help him deal with his anxiety.