Programs for Kids

Blue Spruce Award™

(JK-Grade 2, picture books)

The Blue Spruce Award™ program brings recently published Canadian children’s picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Current Nominees

Archive of Nominees & Winners
From 2002 to present

Silver Birch Express Award®

(Grades 3-4, fiction, non-fiction)

The Silver Birch Express Award is comprised of fiction and non-fiction titles and is geared to reluctant readers and is typically suited for Grades 3 and 4.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Current Nominees

Archive of Nominees & Winners
From 2008 to present

Silver Birch Fiction Award®

(Grades 5-6, fiction)

The Silver Birch Award® is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, (Grades 3-6).

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Current Nominees

Archive of Nominees & Winners
From 1994 to present

Yellow Cedar Award

(Grades 5-8, non-fiction)

For the 2020 program year, the Forest of Reading consolidated our two school-aged non-fiction programs, the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and the Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, into one award program – the Yellow Cedar Award. It is a curated list of 10 non-fiction titles. This Award will be given at the annual Festival of Trees in Toronto every May. The nominated titles will be announced with the other school-aged programs in October.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Current Nominees

Archive of Fiction Nominees & Winners
From 2019 to present

Red Maple Award™

(Grades 7-8, fiction)

The Red Maple Award™ reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Current Nominees

Archive of Fiction Nominees & Winners
From 1998 to present

Archive of Non-Fiction Nominees & Winners
From 2005 to 2019

White Pine Award™

(Grades 9-12, fiction)

The White Pine Award™ reading program offers teens of all ages the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young adult fiction titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Current Nominees

Archive of Fiction Nominees & Winners
From 2002 to present

Archive of Non-Fiction Nominees & Winners
From 2012 to 2014

Le prix Peuplier

(picture books, less text, simpler subject matters, perfect for read alouds)

Le prix Peuplier is a reading program that invites young people to participate in read-alouds of French books written by Canadian authors. Students are then invited to vote for their favourite book.

(livres d’images, moins de texte, sujets simples, convenant parfaitement à la lecture à haute voix)

Le prix Peuplier est un programme de lecture qui invite les jeunes à participer à des lectures à haute voix d’albums écrits par des auteurs franco-canadiens. Les jeunes sont ensuite invités à voter pour leur livre préféré.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Prix décerné: Festival de la Forêt de la lecture à Toronto en mai

Current Nominees
Finalistes actuels

Archive of Nominees & Winners
Archive des finalistes et des lauréats

From 2013 to present

Le prix Mélèze  

(shorter chapter books maximum 100 pages or more mature picture books, larger text with pictures, simpler vocabulary and verb tenses)
Le prix Mélèze is a program that invites young people to read by allowing them to vote for their favourite books (fiction and non-fiction) from a selection of the best Canadian books written in French.

(courts miniromans, maximum de 100 pages ou livres d’images plus avancés, texte plus gros avec des images, un vocabulaire et des temps de verbes plus simples)

Le prix Mélèze est un programme qui invite les jeunes à lire en leur permettant de voter pour leurs livres préférés (romans et documentaires) parmi une sélection des meilleurs livres canadiens rédigés en français.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Prix décerné: Festival de la Forêt de la lecture à Toronto en mai

Current Nominees
Finalistes actuels

Archive of Nominees & Winners
Archive des finalistes et des lauréats

From 2011 to present

Le prix Tamarac

(chapter books from 100 to 250 pages, smaller text with little or no illustrations, more complicated verb tenses and vocabulary)

Le prix Tamarac is a program that invites young people to read by allowing them to vote for their favourite books (fiction and non-fiction) from a selection of the best Canadian books written in French.

(romans de 100 à 250 pages, texte plus petit avec peu ou pas d’illustrations, temps de verbes et vocabulaire plus complexes)

Le prix Tamarac est un programme qui invite les jeunes à lire en leur permettant de voter pour leurs livres préférés (romans et documentaires) parmi une sélection des meilleurs livres canadiens rédigés en français.

Award Given: Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May
Prix décerné: Festival de la Forêt de la lecture à Toronto en mai

Current Nominees
Finalistes actuels

Archive of Nominees & Winners
Archive des finalistes et des lauréats

From 2009 to prese