Raptors 905 summer reading challenge invites Peel students to read books by BIPOC authors

Participants are invited to read one book a week for five weeks, write a short book report and participate in a virtual reading celebration each week.
The Raptors 905, which plays out of neighbouring Mississauga, is Toronto's affiliate in the NBA's developmental G League. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

The Raptors 905 Summer Virtual Reading Challenge: The Stories for All Project has been launched by First Book Canada, Raptors 905 and Penguin Random House Canada.

Participants are invited to read one book a week for five weeks, write a short book report and participate in a virtual reading celebration each week, featuring the author of the book they have just read and Raptors 905 head coach Patrick Mutombo as guests.

In addition to the 200 Grade 5 students from the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board nominated by their teachers and parents, 300 more spots will be opened up for more kids to take part.

Students currently in Grades 4, 5 or 6 in southern Ontario who are interested in participating can now register online.

The program will begin on July 9, the first reading celebration with the author will take place on July 16 and the "final buzzer" event will be on Aug. 13.

Here is the "starting lineup" of books, which were selected by Penguin Random House Canada:

  • The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham — 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 
  • When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
  • Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
  • J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts

The Stories for All Project aims to curate new, relevant and high-quality books representing diverse characters, voices and life circumstances, and make them accessible to kids in need. 

"As a father to four young boys, the value of reading and representation in education is something our family values and I am looking forward to sharing that message and the gift of reading with all the kids who participate," 905 head coach Patrick Mutombo said in a press release.

Nine hundred and five minutes of reading in five weeks. Are you up to that challenge? A few hundred elementary school kids are. And they are being coached by one of the best. Listen for more on the Raptors 9-0-5 reading challenge. 6:41

Raptors 905 is the NBA G League affiliate of the NBA's Toronto Raptors. 

First Book Canada aims to transform the lives of kids in need by making brand new, high quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis.

Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than eight million books and educational resources to kids across Canada.

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