The Forest of Reading needs volunteers to make these programs a success. Being a part of one of the committees is an exciting opportunity that you can thoroughly enjoy.  

Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Selection Committee: The volunteers that select the books for the nominated lists. 
  • Steering Committee: The volunteers that work with the authors, publishers and Forest of Reading staff once the lists are nominated.
  • Festival Volunteer:  The volunteers that work with OLA staff to successfully put on the Festivals in Toronto and other satellite locations.
  • Kid Committee: Readers in the Forest select a summer recommended reading list for those in Grades 4 to 8
  • Teen Committee: Readers in the Forest select a summer recommended reading list for those in high school (accepting applications in late March)
Note: All people applying to volunteer must be OLA members, with the exception of Festival Volunteers and Kid and Teen Committee members. All those wishing to be on the Selection Committee must be library professionals (such as librarians, library technicians, teachers, teacher-librarians, etc.) or have book-selecting experience.

Programs for Kids

  Program Name
Age/Grade Range
Book Type
Blue Spruce Award
Blue Spruce Award™
ages 4-7, JK–Grade 2
English, picture books
Silver Birch Express Award
Silver Birch Express Award® ages 8-10, Grades 3–4 English, fiction / non-fiction
Silver Birch Fiction Award
Silver Birch Fiction Award® ages 8-12, Grades 3–6 English, fiction
Yellow Cedar Award
Yellow Cedar Award
ages 9-14, Grades 4–8 English, non-fiction
Red Maple Award
Red Maple Award™
ages 12-14, Grades 7–8 English, fiction
White Pine Award
White Pine Award™
high school, Grades 9–12
English, fiction
Le prix Peuplier
Le prix Peuplier
varies French, picture books
Le prix Meleze
Le prix Mélèze
(Formerly Le prix Tamarac Express)

French, shorter chapter books or
mature picture books (maximum 100 pages)
 Le prix Tamarac  Le prix Tamarac  varies French, chapter books (100-250 pages)

Program For Adults

  Program Name
Age/Grade Range
Book Type
Evergreen Award
Evergreen Award™ Adults of any age English, fiction / non-fiction