The Ontario Library Association (OLA) Forest of Reading has ten programs with more than 270,000 readers from Kindergarten to adults participating every year. Each year, the program continues to grow and brings more attention and sales to Canadian publishers and authors. Publisher and author/illustrator involvement is so integral to the success of the Forest programs.

To create the lists of nominated titles each year, dozens of experienced school and public library staff in each program read as many eligible books as they can. Over one hundred books are nominated every year. All nominated titles from the beginning of each program can be found under our webpage of nominees.

Requests for Digital Logos: If you require a digital copy of a program logo for a book cover, please contact Lauren Hummel, Marketing and Communications Specialist, at

Downloads for Publishers:

Submission Information and Criteria


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

Other Lists

Please Note: These lists are separate from the award programs. No resources are provided through the password website for current registrants.

Light Reads, Great Stories: For new readers in adult literacy programs, ESL students and readers, and adult learners.