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School is out and the summer break has officially begun, meaning there are more free hours to open a book for the pure joy of it.
If you're looking for some novels or picture books for your children and teens to read over the break, we've got some winning titles that come student-recommended.
Each year Surrey School District teacher-librarians support three readers' choice award programs in which Surrey students have an opportunity to participate. The Surrey Teens Read program is available to secondary students, while the Surrey Picture Book of the Year and Surrey School's Book of the Year programs are for elementary students.
The winning novel in this year's Surrey Teens Read contest was Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon. The book, chosen from a list of 10 nominated titles intended for young adults, is about an 18-year-old girl quarantined to her house due to an illness who forms a deep bond with the boy next door.
You can also browse other young adult titles that were in the running this year, as well as winners and nominees from the past four years, and the new list of nominees for 2017-18
The Surrey Schools Book of the Year for 2017, geared toward elementary school students in intermediate grades, was Speechless, by Jennifer Mook-Sang. The story follows a boy who decides he's going to win the sixth grade speech contest, but must overcome several internal and external obstacles to do so. View past winners or other books nominated for 2017-18 for intermediate learners.
Aimed at primary-level readers, the 2016-17 Surrey Picture Book of the Year was Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattick, based on the true story of a friendship between veterinarian soldier Harry Colebourn and a bear during the First World War.
You can also check out all the other 2016-17 picture book nominees or view winning titles from past years.
Surrey Libraries also has a free Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages, as does the White Rock branch of Fraser Valley Regional Library.