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Forest of Reading News

Congratulations to the Winners of the Forest of Reading Awards!

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Forest of Reading are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Forest of Reading Awards, presented at the digital Forest of Reading Festival, in partnership with CBC Books.

The 2020 Forest of Reading Award Winners are:
Blue Spruce Award™ Winner: That’s Not Hockey by Andrée Poulin and illustrated by Félix Girard (Annick Press)
Silver Birch Express Award® Winner: Megabat by Anna Humphrey and illustrated by Kass Reich (Tundra Books)
Silver Birch Fiction Award® Winner: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel (Sourcebooks)
Yellow Cedar Award: Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Pajama Press)
Red Maple Award™ Winner: No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)
White Pine Award™ Winner: Sadie by Courtney Summers (St. Martin's Press)
Le prix Peuplier : La corde à linge, Orbie (Les 400 coups)
Le prix Mélèze : Aventurosaure 01: Le réveil de Rex, Julien Paré-Sorel (Presses Aventure)
Le prix Tamarac : Vingt-cinq moins un, Geneviève Piché (Éditions Québec Amérique)

Read the full press release in English

Read the full press release in French

Watch the award ceremony videos on Curio in English and in French

Forest of Reading Festival Partners with CBC to Launch a Virtual Edition of the annual event

The annual Forest of Reading Festival will move to a one-day digital event, hosted and streamed by CBC Books

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Forest of Reading are excited to announce the Forest of Reading Festival, Canada’s largest literary festival for young readers, will be presented as a one-day, free digital award ceremony event, through a new partnership with CBC Books.

Everyone across Canada will have the opportunity to celebrate Canadian children’s and young adult literature and authors on Tuesday, June 16 (English) and Thursday, June 18 (French). CBC Books will host 40-minute ceremonies for the six English school-aged awards to announce and celebrate the winners on their digital platforms.

June 16 Schedule for English Awards - Available to Stream on
You can access the streams on

9 am EST: Blue Spruce Award
10 am EST: Silver Birch Express Award
11 am EST: Silver Birch Award
12 pm EST: Yellow Cedar Award
1 pm EST: Red Maple Award
2 pm EST: White Pine Award


June 18 Schedule for French Awards - Available to Stream on
You can access the streams on

10 am EST: Le prix Peuplier
11 am EST: Le prix Mélèze
12 pm EST: Le prix Tamarac


Check out the Forest of Reading on CBC Books!

Blue Spruce

Silver Birch Express

Silver Birch Fiction

Yellow Cedar

Red Maple

White Pine


Here are the 2020 Kid and Teen Committee Summer Reading Lists!

We are excited to announce this year's summer reading lists as chosen by our Kid Committee (Silver Birch and Red Maple) and our Teen Committee (White Pine).

Ten readers from Grades 9 to 12 met on Friday, May 22 virtually to recommend the books for the Teen Committee List. And nineteen readers from Grades 3 to 8 met on Friday, May 29 virtually to recommend the books that readers should read this summer for Silver Birch and Red Maple.

Download the Lists!

The Forest of Reading provides curated award lists and book resources across all age groups. 

Readers can get copies of the nominated books through their local library, any book retailer offering delivery or Tinlids, the official wholesaler of the Forest.  

Important Update in the Forest of Reading

A lot has changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in these past few weeks. For our registrants, our readers, and our authors, this has been an incredibly challenging time.

 Now more than ever, it is crucial to keep the love of reading alive and to support our writing, publishing, school, and library communities. Many of you have asked us new ways to engage with readers and parents virtually, and the Forest of Reading will do what we can to support you. We made a number of changes to major aspects of the program and we wanted to update you on these changes:

PASSWORD WEBSITE: The Forest of Reading is a paid program, however, in these unprecedented times, it is important our children, educators and library staff to have access to our program. The password website, which was previously only accessible to current registrants, is now open to the public for free at With over 500 resources for this year’s nominated titles and virtual author visits previously recorded, there is so much content for people to use. Please share it widely across all of your networks. 

 VOTING: We have extended voting in the school-aged programs until June 1. Voting can be done through the Forest of Reading website under “Voting” in the top menu. We will plan to announce the winners on June 16, 17, and 18.

Read the Full Update Here

Please Be Advised: The 2020 Forest of Reading Festival Has Been Cancelled 

for Waterloo Region Festival (May 6), London (May 8), and Toronto (May 12-14)

Please read our full update on the Forest of Reading Festival website.

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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.