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Forest of Reading News

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.

Congratulations to the 2020 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award Nominees!

The Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading program is excited to present this year’s nominees for its adult reading program, the Evergreen Award. The 2020 nominees for the Evergreen Award are:

See all of the 2020 Evergreen Nominees

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

Planning Your Fundraisers for the 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.