Forest of Reading 2020 Kid Committee Summer Reading

Are you looking for ways to keep your child reading this summer? Since 2017, the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program releases summer reading lists for kids and teens that their Kid and Teen Committees put together every spring.

We have almost every book on the list in the collection! Search a title in our catalogue to place a hold for curbside pickup or find a digital copy on Hoopla or Overdrive/Libby. Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s list:

Me and Banksy by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Puffin Canada)

A protest against cameras in classrooms brings a group of middle-grade students together. Dominica’s private school is covered in cameras, and someone hacks into them and posts embarrassing moments for the whole school to see. Dominica and her best friends are determined to find out who is doing it.

Notorious by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Canada)

Told in different voices, on Centerlight Island, halfway between the United States and Canada, middle-schoolers Keenan and ZeeBee team up to seek gold rumored to be hidden there by a famous gangster. ZeeBee is obsessed with the island’s history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She’s also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered—something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe. Just about everyone on Centerlight is a suspect, because everyone hated Barney, a huge dog— part mastiff, part rottweiler—notorious for terrorizing the community.

Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow (Scholastic Canada)

A story about a young girl who defies her family’s expectations in order to save her brother and become an eagle hunter. It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family’s leader, but his life too. Erin Bow’s lyrical middle grade debut is perfect for fans of original animal-friendship stories like Pax and Because of Winn Dixie

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)

The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel’s explosive new trilogy.

It was just rain.

But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.


They. Are. Everywhere.

They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen–and feed.

Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week ago, they wouldn’t have thought they had one.

But they’d better figure it out fast–the invasion has already begun

Sara and the Search for Normal by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster)

Sara’s Rules to be Normal: 1. Stop taking your pills, 19. Make a friend, 137. Don’t put mayonnaise on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Sara wants one thing: to be normal. What she has instead are multiple diagnoses from Dr. Ring. Sara’s constant battle with False Alarm—what she calls panic attacks—and other episodes cause her to isolate herself. She rarely speaks, especially not at school, and so she doesn’t have any friends. But when she starts group therapy she meets someone new. Talkative and outgoing Erin doesn’t believe in “normal,” and Sara finds herself in unfamiliar territory: at the movies, at a birthday party, and with someone to tell about her crush—in short, with a friend. But there’s more to Erin than her cheerful exterior, and Sara begins to wonder if helping Erin will mean sacrificing their friendship.

Messenger 93 by Barbara Radecki (DCB)

“She will fall in seven days,” say the crows. “As she falls, so do we all.” Who falls? wonders M. The ominous, supernatural message starts M on a quest that could save more than one life. But what if the person in danger happens to be her nemesis?Along the way, M meets up with Gray, a Cree boy with his own hopes of saving a runaway Indigenous girl. As they begin a wild journey through the city and into the bleak northern woods, M grasps for the true meaning behind the crows’ messages and pushes deeper and deeper into worlds she doesn’t know or understand, holding fast to a questionable dream that she might be a modern-day Joan of Arc.