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TDSB Reader's Choice

Check out the Reader’s Choice selections below to see what titles TDSB students are reading and to get ideas of what to read next.

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TDSB Reader’s Choice — February 2017


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Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Submitted by Thillai at Lord Roberts Junior Public School
I like this book because Ada Twist is always doing experiments to find answers to her questions. It is a funny book.


Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby
Submitted by Aaral at Morrish Public School
Nat the Cat is a book that will help you sleep. It is good for anyone who can’t sleep and would like to read a good book. This book also has a message. The message is that it is okay to feel different. This cat is different from other cats but I won’t tell you why. If you want to learn more about Nat, read this book.


Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Submitted by Rachel at William G. Davis Junior Public School
All the pictures are colourful. My favourite part is when the boy says I love you to his mom.


First Grade


Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Submitted by Yaqoob at Donwood Park Public School
This is a good book to read! It is about a bear and his friends. Bear doesn't have food to share but he has good stories!


Plants vs. Zombies: Petal to the Metal by Paul Tobin
Submitted by Ryan at Kennedy Public School
This is a funny book with race cars and the zombies are racing plants. If you want to know who wins... read the book.


The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins
Submitted by Abtin at McKee Public School
You should read this book because it taught me all about Emperor penguins. The father penguin puts the egg on top of his feet, tucked in under his tummy to keep it warm and safe. I also learned that the Emperor penguin is the biggest penguin. It is taller than me!


Second Grade


Bullies Never Win by Margery Cuyler
Submitted by Samiyah at Norman Cook Junior Public School
Kids should read this book to learn not to bully other kids.


Plants by Sally Odger
Submitted by Celin at Victoria Village Public School
This book has great photos of plants because the photos were taken by real cameras. Also, this book can teach you so much about plants. I learned that trees are the largest plant on earth. I thought bamboo was the largest plant in the world. Did you used to think that bamboo was the largest plant in the world or did you already know that trees are the largest plants? Just so you know, this book is non-fiction and the plants are 100% real, okay?


Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
Submitted by Amber at Withrow Avenue Junior Public School
Reasons why I recommend this book:

  • It is funny and interesting.
  • It talks about the relationship between a girl and her grandparents.
  • The vocabulary is easy to understand.



Third Grade


Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
Submitted by Thulasi at Glen Ravine Junior Public School
This book helps you learn what type of animal you are. The animals stand for all sorts of behaviours. You should read this book because you can find out what your true nature is. Everyone is a different animal. For example, I am a rabbit. The rabbit stands for creativity. The bear stands for strength. This is why I like this book and you should too!


House of Robots by James Patterson
Submitted by Michael at Hillmount Public School
I like this book because there is interesting vocabulary and lots of good details to make it easier to visualize. This book is about my favourite things: robots. The book’s moral is that we should stand up to bullies.


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Submitted by Lilyana at Parkfield Junior School
TDSB readers should read this book because it is a New York Times bestseller. This is no ordinary book. It makes me happy. If I have a bad day, I'll come home just to read this book to feel better. And it's not only me that thinks the book makes them feel better! Everyone else who has this book enjoys it.


Fourth Grade


Lily and the Paper Man by Rebecca Upjohn
Submitted by Khatija at Forest Manor Public School
TDSB readers should read this book because it’s about kindness, caring and empathy. Lily is a little girl who is scared of the Paper Man. Lily is scared because the Paper Man is old and his clothes are ripped. In the end, Lily realizes that the Paper Man is poor so she goes with her parents to give him clothes and boots. The Paper Man thanks her for all the stuff she gives him. Lily cares about the paper man and is kind enough to give things to poor people.


The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Submitted by Stella at Pauline Junior Public School
This book is amazing. I would never have thought that someone could come up with such a strange and wonderful idea for a book. You won’t see the twists coming from a kilometre away. In fact, it’s so good that a part of my imagination will always be attached to The Nest.


Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston
Submitted by Edna at Stanley Public School
This book is a rhyme all the way through. It is a thrill just looking at it. You need to sit down with a blanket and popcorn because this is a truly amazing book.


Fifth Grade


Matilda by Roald Dahl
Submitted by Hannah at Dundas Junior Public School
I think readers who believe they can be whoever they want to be should read this book. Not only is it funny but it also teaches a lesson. Children have to be treated fairly. Equality is important. Matilda shouldn't be treated like nothing while her brother is treated really well. This book is about a girl who is intelligent and loves reading. Readers should be motivated. When I read this book, I was very motivated to become like Matilda.


Spirit Animals – Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Submitted by Kayvon at Steelesview Public School
Wild Born is the first book in the Spirit Animals series. It's a very intriguing book. I needed to pick a book for Independent Novel Study and it was a last minute choice for me, but I'm glad I picked it. Some of the perks included how the perspective changed with each chapter. The point of view shifted between each one of the four main characters. The book is about four kids who summon special animals as their “Spirit Animals” and then all of a sudden, they’re at the centre of attention. They were told they were needed to save the world, and they had mixed feelings about it. I enjoyed it very much, and I hope you do too. I hereby recommend Book 1 of Spirit Animals: Wild Born.


West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge
Submitted by Urwa at Westway Junior School
This book helped me in my class when we were talking about health. This book told me about the animals, some of the main things they do, and why they live where they live. Later, when we read a book about not eating animals, I could understand that book better because of the information I learned from West Coast Wild. This is a Silver Birch book. Our teacher talked about what this book is trying to tell us. I hope that you read this book to learn about animals on the West Coast. I am not a good reader because I am kind of still new to Canada. I only started reading in grade 3, but I don’t care. I’m trying to read 2,000 books in 1 year. I really hope that you might read this beautiful book.


Sixth Grade


Rules by Cynthia Lord
Submitted by Lena at CD Farquharson Junior Public School
Usually, when I read different books, a lot of books make me think, "Eh, it’s an okay book," but Rules really stood out above other books. When I read it, it was like I left this world and I was watching everything happen, like the events in the story were actually real. Every detail helped me visualize the scenes. I didn’t want to put the book down, and when I was almost done the book, I thought, "Oh no! I'm almost done it. I wish it was longer."


The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Submitted by Jasmin at Regal Road Junior Public School
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning is a very brain-consuming book. This book is great for ages 8-14 because, at that age, we’re all looking for something to read but we just can’t find it! This story gives you a lot of feelings. It definitely made me feel scared, sad and very fortunate to have a great family. I just couldn't stop reading this book. After reading just one word -- not even a full sentence – my brain was consumed and I wanted to keep reading more no matter what. This book helps your reading skills as well because it has very strong descriptive words. It also gives you the definition of words in the book so you don’t get stuck and give up on reading. Books teach you a lot, and this book taught me that just because you and I are still young, it doesn't mean we’re not smart. We can get through the hardest parts of life if we stay together and have courage and love. I also think that teachers would love this book as a read-aloud for their class because all of the important character traits that we learn about in school can be found in this fantastic book.


In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco
Submitted by Arany at Rose Avenue Junior Public School
I recommend this book to kids who enjoy reading realistic fiction picture books. Not only does this book have the most beautiful illustrations, but the stories in all Patricia Polacco's books are very heart-warming. I hope you will enjoy reading more of Patricia Polacco's books. I think this book is a very easy and understandable book, which is good for all reading levels.


Seventh Grade


Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland
Submitted by Aditya & Janushan at Cedarbrook Public School
This book is inspirational and sorrowful. It teaches kids to be happy with what they have because not every kid has what they desire. We think that this book is amazing because it teaches readers a very useful moral. Graphic novel fans should definitely read this book. I feel connected with this book because my mom had to leave Sri Lanka and come to Canada because of a war. She immigrated and faced the same experiences as the book’s main character, Azzi. Azzi learns to be brave and to step out of her comfort zone when she immigrates to a different country and has to make new friends, learn a new language, and get used to a different environment. This is why our favourite character is Azzi. It takes a lot of courage, perseverance, and determination to face the struggle of immigration. Both Azzi and my mom had to learn a new language and live among strangers. They both shared the same experiences. This is a great read for all. It teaches an important lesson that everyone should learn.


It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Submitted by Maryam at Henry Hudson Senior Public School
This relatable, funny book will always lighten up your mood when you're feeling down, make you forget about the bad going on in your life and it’s just a great read! This book is one of my favourites and it’s one of the very few books that I wouldn't mind reading over and over again! I keep this book wherever I go -- in my bag, in my car. I truly enjoy reading this book at ALL TIMES! I could never get tired of this amazingly written book! Hope other readers enjoy!


Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard
Submitted by Sarah at Queen Alexandra Middle School
“Stunning,” “fascinating” and “remarkable” are just some of the words that popped into my head when I was reading this book. I read the blurb at the back, expecting it to be a good book. But it was much, much more than that. The way the author describes the movements of the characters, it is just so riveting.


Eighth Grade


The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
Submitted by Oliver at Earl Grey Senior Public School
This is one of my favourite books by Gordon Korman because it contains many of my favourite genres like adventure, fantasy and mystery. It’s about a young boy who finds out that he has hypnotic powers. There are many good elements in this book including amazing details about characters and places. It also has an amazing story line following the main character, Jax. There’s even a little bit of humour. I would definitely recommend this book to kids in grades 4 to 8 because it offers up a few challenging words. This book is an amazing read because it is very easy to follow and understand. It also has many characters that people can relate to and get to know better. There’s never a boring moment and I promise you will never want to put this book down. I was instantly hooked.


Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas
Submitted by Stuti at Smithfield Middle School
This book is all about the struggles of a young boy who lived in Germany and his story of survival against the cruel Nazis. I highly recommend this book because it is filled with a lot of emotion, trauma, historical facts and many more aspects that make it a "MUST READ!" Personally, I viewed the world differently after I read this book. It taught me that the world isn't always a nice place and it also taught me about humanity.


The Little Yellow Bottle by Angèle Delaunois
Submitted by Branavi at Tecumseh Senior Public School
This is a picture book, but it holds deep meaning. It shows that we take a lot of things for granted and what it's like to go through loss. But it also shows that no matter what, you can overcome anything with hope, determination, and persistence. The pictures are beautifully illustrated by Christine Delezenne, and the illustrations go perfectly with the storyline. This is a great book I recommend to readers ages 11-14 because I feel like it would really resonate with early teens. However, any age group can and should read this because it teaches an important life lesson that everyone should know and live by.


High School


Red Risingby Pierce Brown
Submitted by Hashim at David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
Red Rising is a book that describes things very clearly. There are many different relationships in this story which can make it confusing at first, but when you get further into the story, everything you were confused about will make sense and come together. This is a book that leaves you in a lot of suspense and changes the way you feel about characters throughout. This book has many cliffhangers.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Submitted by Devon at Humberside Collegiate Institute
If you're interested in thrillers or mysteries with a lot action, Pride and Prejudice is not the novel for you. If you enjoy romance, conflict and comedy, I would really recommend this book. It is a fantastic novel with brilliant writing, an engaging story line and well developed realistic characters. Jane Austen will keep your eyes glued to the pages as you speed through this intriguing and beautiful novel.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Submitted by Oscar at Northern Secondary School
Illuminae is a sci-fi thriller set in space. It starts with a dramatic planetary invasion and then progresses to an escape into space where something even more dangerous and terrifying than the enemy battlecruiser is awaiting. The story is told in a series of documents, chat logs, schematics, interviews, medical documents, and more, making for a unique and dramatic reading experience.


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Submitted by Juanita at Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute
This is the second book of the Red Queen trilogy and it is amazing. It is filled with girl-power, love triangles, war, and a great story line. One of my favorite books of 2016.


Class Reviews

Students in the Grade 2 & 3 classes at Victoria Village submitted tons of reviews for 3 different books. There were so many that we couldn’t choose just one!
A sample of what they had to say:

The Good Little Book by Kyo Mclear
Submitted by Omar, Grade 2
Kids should read this book, because it spreads the joy of reading.

Submitted by Jounah, Grade 2
Kids should read this book because it has beautiful illustrations. It is a very detailed book. The author doodled the pictures. If you’re ever in a bad mood and sigh because you don’t like to read, this book will change your mind.

Submitted by Ababil, Grade 3
Other people should read this book because it has amazing illustrations and because it is by Kyo Maclear. It's a great bedtime story because it's really fun to read at home.

Submitted by Mahith, Grade 3
Other people should read this book because it’s a great story. Kids will love this book. It’s wonderful. The pictures were good and the message is to keep on trying and trying and to keep reading and reading!


The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock
Submitted by Dominic, Grade 2
Kids should read this book because the pictures are beautiful. This book reminds me of when I went to the museum and saw Van Gogh's paintings. Other kids will want to see this.

Submitted by Destiny, Grade 2
This book is good because it really makes you not want to be a bully. Also the illustrator was very clever and used Vincent Van Gogh's paintings as the pictures. You should read this book too!

Submitted by Jayden, Grade 3
You should read this book if you like Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. The book has a very important message not to make fun of people for the way they do things. I think lots of children and people would like this book.

Submitted by Kira, Grade 3
More people should read this book because it is sad but beautiful.

Submitted by Xixi, Grade 3
Other people should read the book Artist and Me because the paintings are so pretty and creative that I thought of it the whole night.


The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson
Submitted by Jake, Grade 2
Kids should read this book because it has amazing illustrations. Willow Dawson used paintings and she illustrated the whole book by herself. If I liked this book maybe others will like it. Both the wolf and the birds in the book are predators who work together. This book is about the life cycle.

Submitted by Katerina, Grade 3
You should read The Wolf-Birds because it has beautiful paintings. The Wolf Birds is amazing because it has lots of detail. I like the story because the words stay in my head.


* Blue links lead to the TDSB Library catalogue.
* Green links lead to the Toronto Public Library catalogue.

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