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With school out and summer break officially launched, there's often more time to read – not to study and not because the teacher said to – but for pure enjoyment.
If you're looking for some fresh ideas, we have some winning youth and children's titles that have been endorsed by Surrey students.
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. Students vote on nominated titles throughout the year and the books with the most votes in each category
The winning novel in this year's Surrey Teens Read contest was One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus. The book, chosen from a list of 10 nominated titles intended for young adults, Follows the lives of four different students who are in detention and become suspects in another student's death. You can also view the winning youth novels and nominees from the past five years (under 'Results' tab) and check out the new list of nominees for 2019-20.
The Surrey Schools Book of the Year for 2019, geared toward elementary school students in intermediate grades, was Mighty Jack, by Ben Hatke. The graphic novel follows a boy tasked with watching his autistic sister over the summer, and their adventures after a mysterious box of seeds they plant grows a magical garden behind their house. View past winners in this category, and see the list of 10 intermediate reader nominees for 2019-20.
The Surrey Picture Book of the Year, aimed at primary-level readers, was The Bad Seed. Written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald, the book as about a mischievous seed who's been bad for as long as he can remember, but one day decides he might want to be happy. See all the other primary reader nominees and past winners.
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.