FOREST OF READING is a recreational reading program run by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) since 1994.
The main objective of the Forest of Reading program is to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages, as well as to introduce students and library patrons to the high quality Canadian books available on the market today.
The Forest is unique in that it is the readers themselves who choose the winners of each category by voting for their favourite books.
How the program is run
The Forest of Reading consists of eight reading programs. Among them:
1 – Blue Spruce Award (the best picture books for children in kindergarten–grade 2, ages 4–7)
2 – Silver Birch Awards (the best fiction and non-fiction books for children in grades 3–6, ages 8–12)
Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, and other categories have one large award ceremony in the spring called the Festival of Trees, at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. The festival is spread out over two days and includes workshops, author signings, and the awards ceremonies themselves. The Festival of Trees makes for an amazing field trip for students of all ages.
See an article from the Toronto Star about this event:
Forest of Reading Fest Biggest Children’s Lit Event in Canada
IMPORTANT FOREST DATES FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015 (from accessola.org, the website of the OLA)
October 1, 2014 Registration opens
October 15, 2014 Nominated lists are announced
October 19-25, 2014 Ontario Public Library Week
April 1-30, 2015 Voting for School-aged programs is open
April 23, 2015 OFFICIAL Forest Voting day for school-aged programs
May 12, 2015 Festival of Trees TORONTO (Blue Spruce, Red Maple Fiction/Non-Fiction)
May 13, 2015 Festival of Trees TORONTO (Silver Birch Fiction/Non-Fiction)