Forest of Reading

Congratulations to the 2020 Winner of the Evergreen Award - Alicia Elliot for A Mind Spread Out on the Ground!

After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 85 Ontario libraries have chosen Alicia Elliott’s A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (Doubleday Canada) as this year’s Evergreen Award winner!

“It is uplifting to know that A Mind Spread Out on the Ground was chosen as this year’s Evergreen winner,” says Erin Kernohan-Berning, chair, Evergreen Award Committee. “Alicia Elliott’s important work clearly connected with readers, and I hope that leads to continued learning, understanding, and positive change. I’m grateful to have Alicia Elliott added to the list of Evergreen Award winning authors.”

Read the full press release here.

Check out Evergreen’s past winners and nominees.

Download the 2021 Light Reads, Great Stories List!

Are you looking for books to support adult learners in your community? Light Reads, Great Stories is a curated list, selected by library professionals to help libraries, literacy centres and schools put curated titles on their shelves for adult learners and ESL students.

Check out the 2021 Light Reads, Great Stories List!

Also download the Light Read, Great Stories List from 2019 and 2020.

Congratulations to the 2021 Forest of Reading Nominees!

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is excited to announce the English and French nominees for the 2021 Forest of Reading Awards, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.

Blue Spruce
Silver Birch Express
Silver Birch Fiction
Yellow Cedar
Red Maple
White Pine

All school-aged nominated titles will be available in alternate formats through Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and Alternative Education Resources of Ontario (AERO).

Registration for the 2021 Forest of Reading Program Year Now Open!

The low one-time annual fee allows you to run all 10 Forest of Reading programs with as many readers as you want – whether you have six readers, or 600!

Despite these challenging times of new routines, limitations, and role changes in libraries and classrooms, we hope you will find a way to make the Forest a part of your programming this year in some capacity.

The Forest is driven and funded by registration fees, and is designed to provide quality online literacy and reading engagement resources that can be used at home, in the classroom or library with registration.

With your registration, you’ll gain access to our exclusive password website, filled with ready-to-use resources and materials, as well as access to the Forest Fridays virtual author visits that will kick off at the beginning of 2021.

The Forest of Reading provides curated award lists and book resources across all age groups.
Readers can get copies of the nominated books through their local library, any book retailer offering delivery or Tinlids, the official wholesaler of the Forest.
Donate to the I Read Canadian Fund
Canadian kids deserve access to new, Canadian books, and you can make that happen! Learn more on how you can help here on the I Read Canadian Fund website.