The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association offers reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually.
Join us as we celebrate amazing Canadian books through the Forest of Reading program. Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, White Pine, Le Prix Tamarac and Le Prix Peuplier books will be on display and available for check out at all library branches.
The Blue Spruce Award
The Blue Spruce Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children ages 4 to 7 in kindergarten through to grade two. For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books.
View Blue Spruce 2019 Nominees titles in our catalogue.
The Silver Birch Award
The Silver Birch Award is comprised of three separate lists of Fiction, Non-Fiction, and an Express list that is made up of both Fiction and Non-Fiction, geared to the more reluctant reader. The Silver Birch program is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, from Grades 3-6, with the Express list focusing on the lower grade levels and the Fiction and Non-Fiction focusing on the Grade 5 and 6 readers.
View Silver Birch Fiction and Non Fiction 2019 Nominees and Silver Birch Express titles in our catalogue.
The Red Maple Award
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 and every other year Red Maple also offers a Non-Fiction list. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.
View Red Maple 2019 Nominees titles in our catalogue.
Le Prix Tamarac Award
Le Prix Tamarac features recently published Canadian French language children's books in two lists. The Express list features shorter chapter books and/or mature picture books while the other list features chapter books.
View Le Prix Tamarac Express 2019 Nominees in our catalogue
View Le Prix Tamarac 2019 Nominees in our catalogue
Le Prix Peuplier Award
Le Prix Peuplier features recently published Canadian French language children's picture books.
View Le Prix Peuplier 2019 Nominees in our catalogue