This summer we’ve been busy exploring many exciting places, and some of those adventures are through the books that we have been reading.

In the middle of June, I received a phone call from my son’s teacher to talk about when he goes into grade 2. Simply put, he’s not where he needs to be with reading. Talk about mom guilt. Of course, I asked what I could do to help and one of the biggest suggestions was reading, LOTS of reading, every day. Signs, books, music, and games – whatever he was interested in – and getting the whole family involved helps.

Summer Reading Programs

There are many benefits to reading, it helps to develop communication skills, vocabulary, self-awareness, expands the imagination, and is a great source of entertainment, and best of all its a fun and free family activity.

Thankfully here in Edmonton we also have a great summer reading program for all ages through the Edmonton Public Library and even better it’s available to everyone. Visit your local library to join the TD Summer Reading Club – It’s never too late to participate! This year, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the TD Summer Reading Club has 150 suggestions of 75 English and 75 French books for all ages from some great Canadian writers and illustrators.

Knowing that sometimes it’s not always as easy to leave the house, the TD Summer Reading Club also has a family-friendly online platform that has jokes, colouring sheets and stories where you can create your own ending, drawing lessons and a place to keep track of everything that you’ve done all summer. The online platform makes it easy to read and explore new places all summer long, all while using your imagination to do so!

There is still a lot of time to sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club. All you need to do is visit your local library!

Creating a Neighbourhood Mini Library

Knowing that reading doesn’t have to stop just because it’s summer time, we decided to create our own Neighbourhood Mini Library to encourage other kids in the neighbourhood to read too. We’ve seen a few of these around Edmonton, and the kids have always been excited to check out the books in them.

Created from a repurposed medicine cabinet that we purchase off of Kijiji, we added a base to raise the height for the perfect kid level, painted it with some fun colours, and added some books for all ages.

*Tip – Want to make your own Mini Library? If you’re looking to repurpose something, make sure it’s not pressed wood, as it will not hold up in inclement weather.

Because we live in a cul-de-sac, we also created a fun mini invitation to deliver to our neighbours letting them know that the Mini Library was available for them to come and use for the rest of summer and beyond.

Studies show that kids who keep reading all summer do better when they return to school in the fall*, so with all the reading and activities we’ve participated in this summer, I’m confident that we have helped my son get to where his reading needs to be.We’re also making new friends and connecting with our community as we do it.

Enter to win a set of TD Summer Reading Club Books

To help keep you and your family reading throughout the summer and beyond, you can enter to win a set of TD Summer Reading Club Books. The prize pack includes the 10 top reads from the TD Summer Reading club and has books for kids 0-12 yrs. A perfect selection for any family! All you need to do is enter via the widget below. (The contest is open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec).

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Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and TD Summer Reading Club and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own. 

*TD Summer Reading Club website

74 Comments on Summer reading made easy with our neighbourhood mini-library #TDReads

  1. Jonnie
    at 2:55 pm (2 months ago)

    My son loves I Funny by James Patterson

  2. Krystal B
    at 7:49 pm (2 months ago)

    My sons like books about animals. Right now their favourite is a shark book.

  3. Amy Heffernan
    at 6:04 am (2 months ago)

    My son enjoys Captain Underpants books!

  4. Pam
    at 6:18 am (2 months ago)

    Night Cars is his fave.

  5. Jena
    at 8:39 am (2 months ago)

    This is a great idea! My daughter likes Bernstein Bears books.

  6. Stacey Y
    at 8:44 am (2 months ago)

    Berenstain bears is a current favourite.

  7. Tanya
    at 8:52 am (2 months ago)

    My son loves the Geronimo Stilton kingdom of fantasy books and we’re starting on the Harry Potter books!

  8. Victoria
    at 9:22 am (2 months ago)

    My Daughter like Peppa Pig and Its Okay to be Different

  9. Cindy
    at 10:46 am (2 months ago)

    My son really like Cars Go and Book Book Book right now.

  10. Shelley
    at 10:59 am (2 months ago)

    100 Prayers God loves to hear

  11. Alana
    at 12:40 pm (2 months ago)

    My girls love Silly Milly, I love You Stinky Face and I’ll love you forever

  12. Roshni
    at 2:12 pm (2 months ago)

    My sons new favourite is Freight Train.

  13. Erika Letson
    at 11:00 pm (2 months ago)

    Right now my son’s favourite book is called Nighttime Ninja. Thanks for the chance!

  14. Jennifer
    at 12:06 am (2 months ago)

    365 Stories

  15. ivy pluchinsky
    at 11:57 am (2 months ago)

    She likes all books about cats!

  16. Vikkib
    at 11:20 am (1 month ago)

    Currently my oldest loves the secret garden in the flower fairy books. My youngest favourite is the foxs socks.

  17. Jenny Major
    at 1:07 pm (1 month ago)

    My son likes Captain Underpants

  18. Juliee Fitze
    at 6:09 am (1 month ago)

    My granddaughter is to young to have a favorite book yet.

  19. Laurie P
    at 6:08 pm (1 month ago)

    currently, Pinkalicious is my girl favorite book!

  20. Lynda Cook
    at 6:11 pm (1 month ago)

    Right now anything Paw Patrol!!

  21. Kristin Ashe
    at 8:27 pm (1 month ago)

    The Balloon Tree by Pheobe Gilman

  22. Maritess
    at 9:12 pm (1 month ago)

    My kid’s favourite books are Fancy Nancy, Robert Munsch and Dr. Seuss’ books.

  23. Meekyung
    at 5:12 am (1 month ago)

    She likes Daddy’s Little Girls

  24. ducky
    at 7:12 am (1 month ago)

    Captain Underpants is at the top of the list.

  25. Anne Derkat
    at 9:00 am (1 month ago)

    We love anything by Dr Suess.

  26. Morgan Stewart
    at 9:08 am (1 month ago)

    “Are You My Mother?” by P. D. Eastman!

  27. Marlene V
    at 9:11 am (1 month ago)

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  28. Sarah Pralet
    at 11:27 am (1 month ago)

    Love the Reading Club, fun & great encouragement.

  29. Heather Swanson
    at 12:24 pm (1 month ago)

    A Secret Garden

  30. Karin Dollery
    at 1:05 pm (1 month ago)

    My 3 granddaughters love the Captain Underpants books very much.

  31. Calvin F.
    at 1:18 pm (1 month ago)

    Curious george!

  32. Leah
    at 1:35 pm (1 month ago)

    My daughter loves the Elmer book series

  33. lisa R
    at 9:07 pm (1 month ago)

    i have to go! by robert munch

  34. Carole D
    at 11:14 pm (1 month ago)

    My granddaughters like Bernstein Bears books.

  35. Lilly Kavanagh
    at 12:25 am (1 month ago)

    My son loves Sandra Boynton board books since he’s 7 months he loves to hold onto one side of the book while I hold onto the other while I read to him.

  36. Linda
    at 1:05 am (1 month ago)

    My son’s favourite book is an old book of poetry of my husband’s.

  37. Shelley Dew
    at 8:03 am (1 month ago)

    My daughter’s favourite book of the moment is What the Ladybird Heard. It’s fun with all of the animal noises.

  38. michelle tremblett
    at 10:14 am (1 month ago)

    My niece loves to read, right now she is into the captain underpants books, but loves so many different ones 🙂

  39. George Meek
    at 11:14 am (1 month ago)

    I would like to have a book o give to my neighbours little girl who is always so nice to me.

  40. Alanna Watt
    at 12:03 pm (1 month ago)

    My daughter loves animal and Elmo books!

  41. Rebecca G
    at 12:43 pm (1 month ago)

    My son loves the Thomas the Train series

  42. Theresa C.
    at 4:43 pm (1 month ago)

    Dr. Seuss books have always been big favorites!

  43. Melissa Black
    at 4:46 pm (1 month ago)

    He is reading a lot of novel, action adventure young adult.

  44. Megan Willis
    at 8:11 pm (1 month ago)

    My daughter’s favorite books are anything Pinkalicious!

  45. Anu Chopra
    at 8:35 pm (1 month ago)

    My son loves the book – Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good Day.

  46. Amy C
    at 11:22 pm (1 month ago)

    My kids love Robert Munsch books. Love you Forever

  47. janine a
    at 7:05 am (1 month ago)

    my toddler LOVES books, his favourite is probably ‘Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site’ or any Pete the cat books

  48. Kirsten N
    at 7:31 am (1 month ago)

    The Percy Jackson books

  49. Matt H
    at 11:00 am (1 month ago)

    My daughter’s favourite book is “Say Goodnight to the Sleepy Animals” by Ian Whybrow

  50. Aimee
    at 12:40 pm (1 month ago)

    MY daughter loves the warrior series.

  51. Israel Y
    at 2:51 pm (1 month ago)

    currently my kids favourite books are the geronimo stilton series

  52. Julie D
    at 7:34 pm (1 month ago)

    My son is loving the Geronimo Stilton series, especially the graphic novels

  53. Kris Ziegler
    at 8:46 pm (1 month ago)

    Love you Forever

  54. Victoria K
    at 8:57 pm (1 month ago)

    Any book with Peppa Pig

  55. Denise M
    at 10:37 pm (1 month ago)

    My son loves to read, “We are Going on a Bear Hunt”

  56. Kim K
    at 4:54 am (1 month ago)

    Robert Munsch books

  57. Caryn Coates
    at 12:26 pm (1 month ago)

    My kids love anything by Dr Seuss right now

  58. Jessica eapen
    at 1:33 pm (1 month ago)

    My kid loves anything by Robert Munsch.

  59. aaron reck
    at 3:00 pm (1 month ago)

    The Jungle Book was always a favorite in my house. Thanks so much!

  60. lisa bolduc
    at 8:06 pm (1 month ago)

    my son love good night good night construction site

  61. Julie bolduc
    at 9:11 pm (1 month ago)

    My children love the Berenstain bears

  62. gala
    at 7:46 am (1 month ago)

    my girls love R. Dahl’s books

  63. Natalie
    at 8:06 am (1 month ago)

    My daughter loves the babysitters club series

  64. Jill Rivera
    at 8:09 am (1 month ago)

    Amelia Bedeli is a funny maid that got my son to read.

  65. Wanda B
    at 9:02 am (1 month ago)

    Dr Seuss ABC

  66. Julie
    at 12:21 pm (1 month ago)

    My kids love to read all sorts of books, but my daughter always comes back to her Robert Munsch books and Chicka chicka Boom boom, time and time again.

  67. Jennifer H.
    at 1:12 pm (1 month ago)

    We love Mercer Meyer books.

  68. John H.
    at 1:51 pm (1 month ago)

    We all like the Mercer Meyer books.

  69. Aarone Mawdsley
    at 2:06 pm (1 month ago)

    the berenstein bears

  70. Julie Waldron
    at 7:46 pm (1 month ago)

    My daughter like Geronimo Stilton.

  71. kelly woods
    at 9:59 pm (1 month ago)

    Forever my Baby you will be!!

  72. Luna S
    at 10:17 pm (1 month ago)

    Go dog Go!

  73. Tanis
    at 10:17 pm (1 month ago)

    Goodnight Moon right now!


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