Forest of Reading® Award Programs
Welcome to the 2021 Forest of Reading Program!
Get involved January through April in the largest recreational reading program in the Province!
Read a minimum of 5 books from a selected list within your age group to be eligible to vote for your favourite Canadian book
APRIL 1st-30th , 2021 is the OFFICIAL Forest® Voting period for school-aged programs
BLUE SPRUCE® Award
Grade JK - 2
Check out the 2021 Blue Spruce Nominees!
The Blue Spruce™ Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to Ontario children ages 4 to 7 in kindergarten through to grade two.
This program promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop the reader’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures.
SILVER BIRCH® Award
Grade 3, 4, 5 & 6
Check out the 2021 Silver Birch Fiction Nominees!
Check out the 2021 Silver Birch Express Nominees!
The Silver Birch® Award is comprised of a Fiction list and an Express list that is made up of both Fiction and Non-Fiction, geared to the more reluctant reader.
The Silver Birch® program is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, from Grades 3-6, with the Express list focusing on the lower grade level and the Fiction focusing on the Grade 5 and 6 readers.
YELLOW CEDAR Award
Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8
Check out the 2021 Yellow Cedar Nominees!
The Yellow Cedar Award is the only program comprised entirely of Non-Fiction books. This is a curated list of 10 non-fiction titles geared towards readers aged 9-14 in Grades 5-8.
RED MAPLE™ Award
Grade 7 & 8
Check out the 2021 Red Maple Fiction Nominees!
The Red Maple™ Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students in Grades 7 and 8, ages 12 to 13. This program includes a Fiction list and aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.