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Forest of Reading News

Congratulations to the 2019 Evergreen Award Winner, Waubgeshig Rice!

After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow (ECW Press) as this year’s Evergreen Award winner!

Read the Full Press Release

Congratulations to the 2020 Forest of Reading School-Aged Award Nominees!

Ontario Library Association (OLA) is excited to announce the English and French nominees for the 2020 Forest of Reading Awards, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.

See the 2020 Forest of Reading Nominated Lists

Registration for the 2020 Program is Now Open! 

Registration is now open for the 2020 Forest of Reading program. The low one-time annual fee allows you to run all 10 Forest of Reading programs with as many readers as you want – whether you have six readers, or 600!

 Please note that Forest of Reading registration is an annual fee and separate from your Ontario Library Association membership. You must be registered in the current 2020 program year to use the names and logos of the Forest.

 PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: If you registered for the Forest of Reading last year, you MUST login using your credentials from last year. If you have forgotten your password, please use the password reset function to reset your password.

 Your Forest of Reading account is separate from your My OLA Account and the OLA Community Login, as this is a separate registration portal.


We Have a New Look!

We are so excited to announce the new brand of the Forest of Reading, including the Festival and the award programs! We hope with this new brand, we can make the Forest of Reading more prominent in libraries, and reinforce the value of Canadian authors and illustrators, books, publishing, libraries, and above all, the love of reading.

This project has been in the works for more than a year, when the Forest of Reading was selected to receive pro bono brand development from the Brandvan Initiative. Initially, we planned on rebranding the Festival of Trees, but we quickly realized that we needed to overhaul everything under the Forest of Reading. We want to extend a huge thank you to Brandvan for their incredible work and dedication to the Forest and the Festival.

Read More about the New Look!

Planning Your Fundraisers for the Upcoming School Year?

Consider fundraising for the I Read Canadian Fund. Canadian kids deserve access to new, Canadian books, and you can make that happen!

Learn more on how you can help here on the I Read Canadian Fund website.

Save the Date for the 2020 Program Year!

Registration Opens: October 1, 2019
Nominated Titles for the School-Aged Programs Announcement: October 15, 2019
Toronto Festival of Trees 2020: May 12, 13, and 14, 2020

Save the Date for the inaugural I Read Canadian Day

The inaugural I READ CANADIAN DAY is a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people on February 19, 2020. This is a day dedicated to "reading Canadian’"and will empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities and events within the week.

: The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature.

We challenge the nation to “Read Canadian” for 15 minutes and to share their experience at their library, in their school, with their families and friends, or on social media Young people are encouraged to read, or be read to, a Canadian book of their choice.

Learn more on the I Read Canadian website