Free Press Book Club Summer Reading Challenge for Kids is back in session!

With the help of our partners at McNally Robinson Booksellers, we’ve once again chosen four different books for each of three age groups (7 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 to 15), the details of which you’ll see as you scroll further down this page. There is a wide range of genres, themes and perspectives for kids to explore from a ton of local authors.

All of these books are available at McNally Robinson, and most can also be found at the Winnipeg Public Library.

Kids can read books from whatever age category they want, in whatever order they want, as slowly or as quickly as they want and will also have the opportunity to submit reviews of the books they’ve read. The Free Press will run a selection of those reviews in print in our Saturday books section twice throughout the summer. More details on that to come, but you can take a look at our review-writing guidelines right here.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be sending important emails and reading resources to those who register below, as well as directions that will explain how to submit reviews.

If you registered your email address with us last summer, you’re already on the list so you don’t need to register again.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the books on our 2022 reading lists, and to enter our massive book giveaway!

Click on each book cover to learn more about it

Ages 7 to 9

Ages 10 to 12

Ages 13 to 15

Reader Reviews

We really want to know your true thoughts about the books you’ve read, so pick one of the books you’ve completed from the Summer Reading Challenge list and tell us what you liked, what you didn’t like, and why you feel that way!

See review guidelines

Important Dates

Jun 17

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 launch

Jun 23

Giveaway closes

Jun 24

Giveaway winners contacted

Jul 18

First round of review submissions due

Jul 30

First set of reviews published in print/online

Aug 18

Final round of review submissions due

Aug 27

Final set of reviews published in print and online

If you have any questions, please email us at

Thanks to the following publishers for providing books for this giveaway:

  • HarperCollins
  • Penguin Random House
  • Great Plains Publications
  • Pajama Press
  • Raincoast Books
  • Owlkids
  • Tundra Books
  • Orca Book Publishers