The Forest of Reading needs volunteers to make these programs a success. Being a part of one of the committees is an exciting opportunity that you can thoroughly enjoy.

Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Selection Committee: The volunteers that select the books for the nominated lists.
  • Steering Committee: The volunteers that work with the authors, publishers and Forest of Reading staff once the lists are nominated.
  • Festival Volunteer: The volunteers that work with OLA staff to successfully put on the Festivals in Toronto and other satellite locations.
  • Kid Committee: Readers in the Forest select a summer recommended reading list for those in Grades 4 to 8
  • Teen Committee: Readers in the Forest select a summer recommended reading list for those in high school (accepting applications in late March)

Note: All people applying to volunteer must be OLA members, with the exception of Festival Volunteers and Kid and Teen Committee members. All those wishing to be on the Selection Committee must be library professionals (such as librarians, library technicians, teachers, teacher-librarians, etc.) or have book-selecting experience.

Programs for Kids

Program Name Age/Grade Range Book Type/Language
01_FOR_Seals_Blue_Spruce_RGB Blue Spruce Award™ ages 4-7, JK–Grade 2 English, picture books
02_FOR_Seals_Silver_Birch_Express_RGB Silver Birch Express Award® ages 8-10, Grades 3–4 English, fiction / non-fiction
03_FOR_Seals_Silver_Birch_Fiction_RGB Silver Birch Fiction Award® ages 8-12, Grades 3–6 English, fiction
04_FOR_Seals_Yellow_Cedar_RGB Yellow Cedar Award ages 9-14, Grades 4–8 English, non-fiction
05_FOR_Seals_Red_Maple_RGB Red Maple Award™ ages 12-14, Grades 7–8 English, fiction
06_FOR_Seals_White_Pine_RGB White Pine Award™ high school, Grades 9–12 English, fiction
07_FOR_Seals_Peuplier_RGB Le prix Peuplier Varies French, picture books
08_FOR_Seals_Meleze_RGB Le prix Mélèze (Formerly Le prix Tamarac Express) Varies French, shorter chapter books or mature picture books (maximum 100 pages)
09_FOR_Seals_Tamarac_RGB Le prix Tamarac Varies French, chapter books (100-250 pages)

Programs for Adults

Program Name Age/Grade Range Book Type/Language
10_FOR_Seals_Evergreen_RGB Evergreen Award™ Adults of any age English, fiction / non-fiction