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 , 2020 is the OFFICIAL Forest® Voting period for school-aged programs
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.
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.
For the 2020 program year, the Forest of Reading consolidated our two school-aged non-fiction programs, the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and the Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, into one award program - the Yellow Cedar Award. It is a curated list of 10 non-fiction titles.
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.