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Programs for Kids


The 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: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Current Nominees
From 2002 to present



The Silver Birch Award®

(Grades 3-6, fiction, non-fiction)
The Silver Birch Award® is comprised of three separate lists: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Express. Our Express list is made up of both Fiction and Non-Fiction titles and is geared to the more reluctant reader. The Silver Birch® program is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, (Grades 3-6) with the Express list typically suited to readers in Grade 3 and 4.

Award Given: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Current Nominees
Fiction | Non-Fiction
 Archive of Nominees & Winners
From 1994 to present


The 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: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Current Nominees
From 2008 to present


The Red Maple Award™

(Grades 7-8, fiction every year, non-fiction every other year)
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.

Award Given: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Current Nominees
Fiction | Non-Fiction
                   
From 1998 to present

From 2005 to present



The 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 titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teenagers with great Canadian books.

Award Given: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Current Nominees
From 2002 to present

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: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Prix décerné: Festival des arbres à Toronto en mai

Current Nominees
Finalistes actuels

From 2013 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.

(miniromans 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: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Prix décerné: Festival des arbres à Toronto en mai

Current Nominees
Finalistes actuels
From 2009 to present


Le Prix Tamarac Express

(shorter chapter books maximum 100 pages or more mature picture books, larger text with pictures, simpler vocabulary and verb tenses)
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.

(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 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: Festival of Trees in Toronto in May

Prix décerné: Festival des arbres à Toronto en mai

Current Nominees
Finalistes actuels

From 2011 to present