Raptors 905 Summer Reading Challenge

First Book Canada is inviting Grade 5 students to a virtual Summer Reading Challenge, run with Raptors 905, Penguin Random House Canada, HarperCollins, Tangerine Bank and University of Guelph-Humber

Students currently in grades 4, 5, or 6 in elementary schools across Canada can take on the challenge to read 5 books over 5 weeks for a total of 905 minutes of reading this summer!

Each week you can follow along at our virtual meetings to discuss the books with the authors themselves and other special guests!

All 5 books focus on BIPOC representation to encourage students to read books that reflect and are inclusive of all voices, stories, and experiences. 

Reading begins July 5th and will run until August 2nd, 2024. Are you ready for the challenge?

Registrations for the 2024 Raptors 905 Summer Reading Challenge are officially closed. If you are interested in signing up for future programming, please email canadaprograms@firstbook.org.

Check out the line-up of books selected by Penguin Random House Canada and HarperCollins!

The Grover School Pledge by Wanda Taylor

Arlaina Jefferson is eager to prove herself. Tasked with caring for her cousin’s rabbit, Obeena, Arlaina knows all that stands between her and the grown-up world of middle school is one year of staying out of trouble and making sure to clean up Obeena’s turds. It would be easy—if growing up didn’t also mean growing wiser.

Mortified by Kristy Jackson

For fans of Remarkably Ruby and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, comedy and cringe come together in this sweet novel about facing your fears. It’s nothing short of a catastrophe when someone secretly signs up Belinda Houle, the school’s shyest kid, to audition for a play. Belinda turns to Sally—her unflappable best friend and resident witch—for help. Belinda doesn’t believe in magic, but if Sally says she has a spell for confidence…well, it couldn’t hurt to try it. Could it?

A Royal Conundrum (The Misfits) by Lisa Yee

The first in a funny adventure series features a diverse collection of characters who discover that their elite boarding school is a front for an organization of international crime-fighters. And Olive Cobin Zang is keen to lead her friends to stop a notorious thief from taking a priceless treasure.

Monkey King and the World of Myths: The Monster and the Maze by Maple Lam

Percy Jackson meets Dragonball in the first book of this adorable, funny, and action-packed graphic novel series! Follow along as the legendary Monkey King tries to save the world from a mysterious new threat—and smashes his way through the world of ancient Greek mythology in the process!

The Secret Library by Kekla Magoon

Since Grandpa died, Dally’s days are dull and restricted. She’s eleven and a half years old, and her exacting single mother is already grooming her to take over the family business. Starved for adventure and release, Dally rescues a mysterious envelope from her mother’s clutches and finds a map that leads straight to an ancient vault, a library of secrets where each book is a portal to a precise moment in time. As Dally checks out adventure after adventure she begins to dive deep into her family’s hidden history.

This was a very commendable effort by Raptors 905 and First Book Canada, we enjoyed it immensely and the whole process was smooth, summer time made even better, perfect mix of off-screen time, enjoyment and improvement in reading skills!

Nida A., Parent

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Reading Challenge in the Media

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