The Forest of Reading initiative from the Ontario Library Association is Canada's largest recreational reading program. Through eight categories, readers of all ages can help celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators and are encouraged to develop a love of reading. According to OLA, more than 250,000 readers participate annually through either their school and/or public library.
We would like to congratulate two of our members who received nominations in the Silve Birch category, which are books for grades three to six:
Coteau Books & Kathleen Cook Waldron for Between Shadows, in the fiction category. The novel is about 12-year-old Ari who inherits his grandfather’s unspoiled lakeside land and cabin and must save it from his aunt and father who want to sell it all to luxury hotel developers.
Running the Goat (agented through Brick Books) & Andy Jones and Darka Erdelji for Jack, the King of Ashes, in the express category. A continuation of their "Jack" series, this time Jack spends all his time home off in the coal box until one day he shakes off his ashes and sets out on an adventures.
Schools and libraries start their Forest of Reading programs in December/January with readers making their way through the shortlists before winners are announced in May for the Festival of Trees. To learn more about the program, visit the OLA Forest of Reading website.