The Winnipeg Free Press’s Summer Reading Challenge for Kids is officially back in session.

The Winnipeg Free Press’s Summer Reading Challenge for Kids is officially back in session.

An offshoot of our Free Press Book Club, the Summer Reading Challenge for Kids offers reading lists for three age groups — 7 to 9, 10 to 12, 13 to 15 — each of which includes four books carefully curated by our partners at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

These books cover a broad range of genres and themes; some are lighthearted tales of overcoming obstacles, some dive a bit deeper into socio-economic issues, while others explore ideas of personal development and acceptance, all of which are presented in ways appropriate for the age of the reader. And for those local-literature lovers, a few Manitoban authors are on the list as well.

The full book list is also available on our site, wfp.to/kidsbookclub. All of the books are available to purchase at McNally Robinson, and most can also be found at the Winnipeg Public Library.

Readers in each age category can also enter to win their entire reading list by filling out an entry form on our site by June 29. 

The Summer Reading Challenge for Kids has two components; reading is just Step 1. Step 2 is reviewing.

Throughout the summer, those who register for the reading challenge will receive reading resources for each book on the list, whether that’s a set of discussion questions to think about, an activity page, a word search, or all of the above. The discussion questions, in particular, are to designed to help and encourage young readers to think critically about what they are reading and to form an opinion they want to share with our Winnipeg Free Press audience by way of a short book review.

In a response around 100 words in length, we are encouraging participants to write down their thoughts on their latest read and let us know what they enjoyed or didn’t enjoy about it, and why. What would you tell your friends about it? And most importantly, would you recommend it to others?

We will be running a selection of these reviews at the end of July and August in our Saturday books section, both in print and online. Instructions on how to submit reviews will be emailed out in a couple of weeks to those who have registered for the reading challenge.

To register and to get more information about all of the books on our 2021 list, visit the summer reading challenge website at wfp.to/kidsbookclub or email us at bookclub@winnipegfreepress.com.