The Ontario Library Association (OLA) Forest of Reading has ten programs with more than 270,000 readers from Kindergarten to adults participating every year. Each year, the program continues to grow and brings more attention and sales to Canadian publishers and authors. Publisher and author/illustrator involvement is so integral to the success of the Forest programs.

To create the lists of nominated titles each year, dozens of experienced school and public library staff in each program read as many eligible books as they can. Over one hundred books are nominated every year. All nominated titles from the beginning of each program can be found under our page of nominees.

Requests for Digital Logos: If you require a digital copy of a program logo for a book cover, please contact Lauren Hummel, Marketing and Communications Specialist, at

Downloads for Publishers:

Submission information & criteria

The categories that books can be submitted to are as followed:

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

Other Lists

Please Note: These lists are separate from the award programs. No resources are provided through the password website for current registrants.

Light Reads, Great Stories: For new readers in adult literacy programs, ESL students and readers, and adult learners.