Forest of Reading

Congratulations to This Year's Forest of Reading Award Winners!
Congratulations to this year’s Forest of Reading Award Winners, presented at the Forest of Reading Award ceremonies on May 18, 19, and 20, streamed on Curio in partnership with CBC Books, hosted by Ali Hassan.
 
Missed the ceremonies? They are available to watch on Curio! Want to celebrate the winners even more? Watch interviews with our English Award Winners on Curio too!
 
Congrats to our winners!
 

2021 Blue Spruce Award™ – Watch Ceremony

Bad Dog
Mike Boldt
Doubleday Books For Young Readers
 
Honour Book #1
Boxitects
Kim Smith
HarperCollins Canada
 
Honour Book #2
Fast Friends
Heather M. O’Connor and Claudia Dávila
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
 

2021 Silver Birch Express Award® – Watch Ceremony

Peter and Ernesto: Sloths in the Night
Graham Annable
Published by First Second, Distributed by Raincoast Books
 
Honour Book #1
Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game
J. Torres and Tim Levins
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
 
Honour Book #2
Terry Fox and Me
Mary Beth Leatherdale and Milan Pavlović
Tundra
 

2021 Silver Birch Fiction Award® – Watch Ceremony

The Jigsaw Puzzle King
Gina McMurchy-Barber
Dundurn Press
 
Honour Book #1
Ember and the Ice Dragons
Heather Fawcett
HarperCollins US
 
Honour Book #2
Music for Tigers
Michelle Kadarusman
Pajama Press
 

2021 Yellow Cedar Award – Watch Ceremony

WINNER
Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular
Kira Vermond and Clayton Hanmer
Owlkids Books Inc.
 
Honour Book #1
Science Comics: Crows, Genius Birds
Kyla Vanderklugt
Published by First Second, Distributed by Raincoast Books
 
Honour Book #2
The Boreal Forest: A Year In The World’s Largest Land Biome
L. E. Carmichael and Josée Bisaillon
Kids Can Press
 

2021 Red Maple Award™ – Watch Ceremony

Bloom
Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada
 
Honour Book #1
Sara and the Search for Normal
Wesley King
Paula Wiseman Books
 
Honour Book #2
Broken Strings
Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer
Puffin Canada
 

2021 White Pine Award™ – Watch Ceremony

Hunted by the Sky
Tanaz Bhathena
Penguin Teen Canada
 
Honour Book #1
Charming As A Verb
Ben Philippe

HarperCollins US
 
Honour Book #2
Like a Love Story
Abdi Nazemian

HarperCollins US
 

Le prix Peuplier 2021 – Watch Ceremony

WINNER
Pas moi
Elise Gravel
Éditions Scholastic
 
HONOUR BOOK #1
Mon chien-banane
Roxane Brouillard and Giulia Sagramalo
Éditions les 400 coups
 
HONOUR BOOK #2
Madame Grisemine et le petit chenapan
Marie-Francine Hébert and Mathieu Lampron
Éditions de la Bagnole
 

Le prix Mélèze 2021 – Watch Ceremony

WINNER
Sergent Billy : La vraie histoire du chevreau devenu soldat
Mireille Messier and Kass Reich
Éditions de l’Isatis
 
HONOUR BOOK #1
La case 144
Nadine Poirier and Geneviève Després
Éditions D’eux
 
HONOUR BOOK #2
Juré, craché! 03: Nés pour la gloire!
Carine Paquin and Jean Morin
Éditions Petit Homme
 

Le prix Tamarac 2021 – Watch Ceremony

WINNER
Lac Adélard
François Blais and Iris
La courte échelle
 
HONOUR BOOK #1
Enterrer la lune
Andrée Poulin and Sonali Zohra
La courte échelle
 
HONOUR BOOK #2
@Raphaël_Cascadeur
Author:  Éric Péladeau
Éditions Z’ailées
Celebrate the Forest of Reading Awards with Us on May 18, 19, and 20!

Given we cannot announce the winners in person at the Forest of Reading Festival, we are adapting to celebrate the Forest of Reading in two parts: with our new Forest of Reading Virtual Celebrations, available through the password website ONLY to current program registrants, and with our Forest of Reading Awards, presented in partnership with CBC Books.

Forest of Reading Awards: Free to the Public, Partnered with CBC Books

The Forest of Reading Award ceremonies will be presented in partnership with CBC Books online through CBC’s platform Curio.ca on May 18, 19 and 20, 2021. We’ll announce the winners of the Forest of Reading Awards throughout the three days, hosted by Ali Hassan.

Each ceremony video will be released according to the schedule below and be available to view anytime after its release. All ceremonies will be available through CBC’s Curio platform.

Also check out interviews with the winners of the English Forest of Reading Awards on Curio!

NUMBER OF EVENTS: 9 Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading School-Aged Programs

Award Ceremony Schedule:

May 18, 2021:

May 19, 2021

May 20, 2021


Forest of Reading Virtual Celebrations: Exclusive to Paid Program Registrants

These events will be available ONLY through the password website for those registered in the 2021 program. To access these events, people must register for the Forest of Reading program. NUMBER OF EVENTS: 50+ Videos of Various Virtual Events Available for Each Program

What is included in the Celebrations?

  • Yellow Cedar Virtual Visit videos
  • White Pine Virtual Visit videos
  • The Blue Spruce Award and Le prix Peuplier nominees are excited to read their nominated books to their young readers. Stay tuned for the release dates for these videos.

Register for the program today!


Other Forest of Reading Virtual Content: Exclusive to Paid Program Registrants

Since January, we have been offering virtual events featuring nominees and will create more content for each of our award programs until May. These events will be available ONLY through the password website for those registered in the 2021 program. To access these events, people must register for the Forest of Reading program.

  • Blue Spruce Book Club, featuring nominees from all 10 titles
  • Forest Friday Virtual Nominee Visits, featuring nominees from Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, and Red Maple
  • Mercre-LIT Virtual Nominee Visits, featuring nominees from Le prix Mélèze and Tamarac

Register for the program today!

Congratulations to the 2021 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award Nominees!

The Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading is excited to present this year’s nominees for its adult program, the Evergreen Award.

The 2021 nominees for the Evergreen Award are:

Broken Man on a Halifax Pier by Lesley Choyce (Dundurn Press)

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder: A Memoir by Sarah Kurchak (Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.)

Indians on Vacation by Thomas King (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

The Library of Legends by Janie Chang (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)

Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Seven by Farzana Doctor (Dundurn Press)

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole (Doubleday Canada)

They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up by Eternity Martis (McClelland & Stewart)

The Evergreen Award program is a perfect way for public libraries and book clubs to engage with best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction. It is one of ten programs that form the OLA’s Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind with over 270,000 Canadians participating each year.

Read the full press release here.

Check out Evergreen’s past winners and nominees.

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.

SEE THE 2021 FOREST OF READING NOMINATED LISTS
Blue Spruce
Silver Birch Express
Silver Birch Fiction
Yellow Cedar
Red Maple
White Pine
Peuplier
Mélèze
Tamarac

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.
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