Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan launches 2016 All-Star Reading Challenge for kids

demar-derozan.jpgDeMar DeRozan poses with students after launching the third annual All-Star Reading Challenge on Wednesday. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC News)

Toronto Raptors star guard DeMar DeRozan launched First Book Canada's third annual All-Star Reading Challenge on Wednesday, announcing the 10 titles chosen for this year's event.

More than 3,000 of these books will be delivered to 10 fifth grade classes at 10 "high needs" schools in the Greater Toronto Area, according to First Book Canada, an organization that aims to deliver new books to children in need.

"Promoting literacy and supporting youth in the Toronto community is very important to me because I personally benefited from a strong support team when I was growing up and saw first-hand the difference it can make," said DeRozan in a press release. DeRozan launched the All-Star Reading Challenge in 2014.

The 10 books chosen this year are:

  1. Baseballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew by Kevin Sylvester
  2. Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  3. Home Ice Advantage by Tom Earle
  4. How to Curse in Hieroglyphics by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr
  5. Random Acts by Valerie Sherrard
  6. Reality Check in Detroit by Roy MacGregor
  7. Saving Houdini by Michael Redhill
  8. The Mosquito Brothers by Griffin Ondaatje
  9. Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
  10. Zomboy by Richard Scrimger

Students who receive the books will be challenged to write a report about each one every week for 10 weeks. The class with the "most comprehensive, timely and creative book reports" will win tickets to see a Raptors 905 game and new books for every student at their school.

"Learning to read is critical to a child's success - both in school and in life - and it all starts with getting books into the hands of the children who need them most," said Tom Best, Executive Director, First Book Canada.

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