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Each year Surrey School District teacher-librarians support three readers' choice award programs in which Surrey students have an opportunity to participate and vote for their favourites. 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 Scythe, by Neal Shusterman, selected from a list of 10 nominated titles written for young adults. The book is the first in a series and follows two teens living in a world where with no hunger, disease or war, who must reluctantly master the "art" of taking a life in order to control population size. See other young adult titles that were in the running this year, and view the new list of nominees for 2018-2019.
The Surrey Schools Book of the Year for 2018, geared toward elementary school students in intermediate grades, was The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown, a story about a robot who must learn to survive amongst unwelcoming animals on a remote island. View past winners in this category and the intermediate books nominated for 2018-2019.
Aimed at primary-level readers, the 2017-18 Surrey Picture Book of the Year was Nope! by Drew Sheneman, a humourous story about a mama bird and a fearful baby taking its first flight. See all 10 nominees here, and past picture book winners here.
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.