June 13, 2017

2017 Summer Reading List of the Forest Kid Committee

Last week, fifteen children who had been selected from well over 100 applicants of the Forest of Reading attended a full-day session of talking books at the offices of the Ontario Library Association.  Their mission was to compile a summer reading list for readers of Silver Birch and Red Maple reading ages.  These voracious young readers brought recommendations and talked books with their peers and also with guest authors Kevin Sylvester and Vikki VanSickle who attended in person and Gordon Korman and Wesley King who joined the proceedings via Skype.  It was a full day of youngCanLit and the efforts of these amazing young people helped produce this very first list of the Forest Kid Committee.  Enjoy!

Suggested SummeReading List for 
Silver Birch Readers (Ages 9-11)

The Boundless
Written by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada
Review here

A Day of Signs and Wonders
Written by Kit Pearson

Dragons vs. Drones
Written by Wesley King

The Girl Who Could Fly
Written by Victoria Forester
Feiwel & Friends

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts
Written by Esta Spalding
Tundra Books
Review here

Written by Melanie Fishbane
Penguin Teen

Written by Kevin Sylvester
Margaret K. McElderry Books

The Road to Ever After
Written by Moira Young
Doubleday Canada

Written by Gordon Korman

We Are All Made of Molecules
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books
Review here

Suggested Summer Reading List
for Red Maple Readers (Ages 12-13)

Bent Not Broken: Madeline & Justin 
Written by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Clockwise Press

Every Hidden Thing
Written by Kenneth Oppel

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley 
Written by Adrienne Kress
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

In Real Life
Written by Cory Doctorow
Illustrated by Jen Wang
First Second

Laura Monster Crusher
Written by Wesley King
Puffin Canada

Written by Kevin Sylvester
Margaret K. McElderry Books

A Month of Mondays
Written by Joëlle Anthony
Second Story Press

Optimists Die First
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books

Written by Gordon Korman

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Canada

Full details, including a listing of the incredible participants in the first ever Forest Kid Committee, can be viewed at the Ontario Library Association website media release here.


  1. These young readers came to the table with so many wonderful books to recommend. It was hard for them to whittle it down to just ten but they did, coming to consensus with a maturity and an enthusiasm that can only come from readers of great books. I applaud these young readers for their recommendations, their deliberations and their selections.