Forest of Reading
Congratulations to This Year's Forest of Reading Award Winners!
2021 Blue Spruce Award™ – Watch Ceremony
2021 Silver Birch Express Award® – Watch Ceremony
2021 Silver Birch Fiction Award® – Watch Ceremony
2021 Yellow Cedar Award – Watch Ceremony
2021 Red Maple Award™ – Watch Ceremony
2021 White Pine Award™ – Watch Ceremony
Le prix Peuplier 2021 – Watch Ceremony
Le prix Mélèze 2021 – Watch Ceremony
Le prix Tamarac 2021 – Watch Ceremony
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.
NUMBER OF EVENTS: 9 Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading School-Aged Programs
Award Ceremony Schedule:
May 18, 2021:
- 10:00 am EST: White Pine Award – 2021 Winner: Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena (Penguin Teen Canada)
- 11:30 am EST: Red Maple Award – 2021 Winner: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)
- 1:00 pm EST: Blue Spruce Award – 2021 Winner: Bad Dog by Mike Boldt (Doubleday Books For Young Readers)
May 19, 2021
- 10:00 am EST: Yellow Cedar Award – 2021 Winner: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular by Kira Vermond and Clayton Hanmer (Owlkids Books Inc.)
- 11:30 am EST: Silver Birch Fiction Award – 2021 Winner: The Jigsaw Puzzle King by Gina McMurchy-Barber (Dundurn Press)
- 1:00 pm EST: Silver Birch Express Award – 2021 Winner: Peter and Ernesto: Sloths in the Night by Graham Annable (Published by First Second, Distributed by Raincoast Books)
May 20, 2021
- 10:00 am EST: Le prix Tamarac – Lauréat 2021: Lac Adélard par François Blais and Iris (La courte échelle)
- Le prix Mélèze – DELAYED/TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. MISE À JOUR: Nous remarquons un problème technique affectant la vidéo de la cérémonie du prix Mélèze. Nous vous aviserons dès que c’est corrigé. – Lauréat 2021: Sergent Billy : La vraie histoire du chevreau devenu soldat par Mireille Messier et Kass Reich (Publisher: Éditions de l’Isatis)
- 1:00 pm EST: Le prix Peuplier – Lauréat 2021: Pas moi par Elise Gravel (Éditions Scholastic)
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.