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2022 Top 10 English Recommended Reads

February 18, 2022

We’re pleased to announce our top 10 recommended reads for the 2022 TD Summer Reading Club!

The 10 books are written by Canadian authors and fit with our “Once Upon a Time; Myths and Legends” 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 100 recommended reads, which is featured on our staff website. You can also download the list in Excel format.


  • The Barren Grounds
  • By David A. Robertson
  • Puffin, 2020
  • ISBN: 9780735266100
  • Ages 10–12
  • Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They struggle to fit in at school and at their new home, until a portal opens in an unfinished attic bedroom, leading them to a frozen reality.


  • Whatever After: Good as Gold
  • By Sarah Mlynowski
  • Scholastic, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781338628135
  • Ages 8–12
  • A magic mirror sends Abby, Jonah and Prince into the mixed-up tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


  • I Am Scary
  • By Elise Gravel
  • Orca Book Publishers, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781459823167
  • Ages 0–5
  • A monster tries to scare a young child, but the child insists the monster is not scary and actually quite huggable.


  • Meranda and the Legend of the Lake
  • By Meagan Mahoney
  • Owlkids, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781771474344
  • Ages 9–12
  • Meranda, who uses crutches to walk, is excited to visit Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where her parents grew up. Upon arrival, Meranda begins to uncover family secrets and soon finds herself in danger.


  • Ten Little Dumplings
  • By Larissa Fan and Cindy Wume
  • Tundra Books, 2021
  • ISBN: 9780735266193
  • Ages 4–8
  • As a little girl grows up in the shadow of her 10 brothers, her determination and persistence help her to create her own path in the world.


  • The Lunch Club: The Curse of the Scarewolf
  • By Dom Pelletier
  • Scholastic, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781443182720
  • Ages 7–12
  • Tia and Leo narrowly escaped the clutches of the alien Zaralgax, only to face the terror of the . . . Pleasantwood Elementary Science Fair? But when a werewolf takes off with the school principal, it's up to Tia and Leo to get Mr. Peabody out of a particularly hairy situation.


  • We Learn from the Sun
  • By David Bouchard and Kristy Cameron
  • Medicine Wheel Education, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781989122396
  • Ages 6–12
  • An Indigenous rhythmic poem with Woodland-style paintings about the spiritual lessons that can be learned from the sun and the Seven Sacred Teachings.


  • Come, Read with Me
  • By Margriet Ruurs and Christine Wei
  • Orca Book Publishers, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781459817876
  • Ages 3–5
  • Two young children are swept through an imaginary world where they interact with characters from classic fairy tales.


  • This Is the Path the Wolf Took
  • By Laura Farina and Elina Ellis
  • Kids Can Press, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781525301537
  • Ages 3–8
  • Gabe doesn’t like the scary parts of stories. He leaves those parts out when he reads books to his little sister, but she objects.


  • The Fabulous Zed Watson!
  • By Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester
  • HarperCollins, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781443460910
  • Ages 8–12
  • When Zed Watson discovered the mystery surrounding an unpublished novel called The Monster’s Castle, they were completely hooked. Zed becomes a member of a small but dedicated legion devoted to finding the long-buried text.