Forest of Reading

Join in Canada's largest reading program!

OLA Forest of Reading logo - trees growing out of a book

The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest reading program for kids! The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators.

Join us and thousands of other kids as we celebrate amazing Canadian books through the Forest of Reading program! The Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, and White Pine books will be on display and available for checkout at the library.

Voting

Forest of Reading Voting is not yet open!
 
There will be ballots for each programme downstairs on a table on the lower floor. 
 
Things to note:
  • Voting runs until the end of April
  • To vote for Blue Spruce books participants must have read all 10 books
  • To vote for all other programmes you only have to have read 5 books
  • If you have read books in more than one programme you may vote once for each programme  
  • Please vote only once. If you've voted somewhere else (eg. at school) you should not vote again
  • Teachers are welcome to submit their classroom's votes using a tally sheet
  • You can also vote online by clicking the appropriate link below.
We will declare our local favourite at the same time as the programme declares its winners!
 
 

The Silver Birch Awards

Silver Birch Award LogoThe Silver Birch Award has three separate lists of Fiction, Non Fiction and and Express which is comprised of both fiction and non-fiction geared towards the more reluctant reader.  The Silver Birch program is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, from Grades 3-6.  The Express list is a mix of fiction and non-fiction focusing on the lower grade levels and the fiction and non-fiction focusing on the Grade 5 and 6 readers.

After reading at least 5 books from any one of these lists, children can vote for their favourite book which will receive the Silver Birch award for 2017.

View Silver Birch Fiction Nominees in our catalogue. (Grades 5 & 6)
Vote for your favourite Silver Birch Fiction book here

View Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominees in our catalogue. (Grades 5 & 6)
Vote for your favourite Silver Birch Non-Fiction book here.

View Silver Birch Express Nominees in our catalogue. (Grades 3 & 4)
Vote for your favourite Silver Birch Express book here. 


 

The Blue Spruce Award

Blue Spruce Award logoKindergarten to grade 2 students can participate in the Forest of Reading program by reading all 10 of the Blue Spruce nominated books and then voting for their favourite.

View Blue Spruce 2017 Nominees in our catalogue.

Vote for your favourite Blue Spruce book here.


Red Maple Award

Red Maple Award LogoGrade 7 and 8's will enjoy these great Canadian books. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.

Read at least 5 from this list to be able to vote for your favourite of the Forest of Reading's 2017 Red Maple books. 

View Red Maple Nominees in our catalogue.
Vote for your favourite Red Maple book here


 

White Pine Award

White Pine Award LogoThe White Pine Award provides high school-aged teens the opportunity to read the best of Canada's recent young adult fiction.

After reading at least 5 books from this list teens can vote for their favourite book which will receive the White Pine award for 2017.

View White Pine Nominees in our catalogue.
Vote for your favourite White Pine book here