Program Rationale

Surrey Teacher-Librarians recognize that young adults flourish in an environment in which they can exchange ideas related to their reading and life experiences.  The Surrey Teens Read program offers Surrey secondary students exposure to a suite of ten exceptional contemporary titles, selected by secondary educators.  Every reasonable effort is made to select titles which appeal to a wide range of readers; which explore ethnic, cultural and other perspectives respectfully and inclusively; and which provide thoughtful and engaging content, reflecting young adult interests.

Selection Criteria

The content of some of the shortlisted titles may be more mature than younger students may have previously encountered.  Surrey Teens Read is a voluntary young readers’ choice award program and not all selections will be appropriate for all readers.

Books considered for the Surrey Teens Read shortlist –

Program Outline

A selection committee of Surrey educators, including Teacher-Librarians, will read and review books, and by Early Spring of the program year, select shortlist of 10 books.  

Books and promotional posters will be available in school libraries in September of the following school year.  Teacher-Librarians are encouraged to promote the program as widely as appropriate.  Students are encouraged to rate the books as they read them on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest. The book with the highest rating at the end of May each year will be declared the winner. 

2023-2024 Selection Committee

Ms. Leigh Husieff,  Teacher-Librarian, Clayton Heights Secondary

Ms. Heather Bramhill, Teacher-Librarian, Enver Creek Secondary

Ms. Amanda Barnes, Teacher-Librarian, North  Surrey Secondary

Ms. Laura Parker-Jervis, Teacher-Librarian, Fraser Heights Secondary

Ms. Tammy Le, Teacher-Librarian, L.A. Matheson Secondary

Ms. Maureen McDonough, Teacher-Librarian, Semiahmoo Secondary

Ms. Angela Monk, Teacher-Librarian, Fraser Heights Secondary