This week, the official winners of Forest of Reading® will be announced in Toronto at the Festival of Trees. It’s like a rock concert for authors! Thousands of children will descend upon the festival, meet authors, listen to them speak, get books signed…and be in the audience as the awards are announced. It’s a big day for Canadian Children’s authors and illustrators.
We had our own voting night in April. Children who participated in the program at our library read books from December to April, and then voted on their favourites. And on voting night, they made their decisions. We sent off our votes to Toronto, and we’ve waited for the last few weeks to see who would be the official winners. Will we have picked the same winners overall? Only time will tell!
Blue Spruce™ —
Silver Birch Express —
…..and (a tie)
Silver Birch Fiction™—–
Red Maple™ —- (a four-way tie for us…)
We’ll announce the official winners early next week!
We’re getting close to Voting Night for Forest of Reading®, which is Thursday, April 19th from 6-7pm. Only those readers who have read enough books in their category are eligible to vote. Right now, our voting list is short, but the readers list–those who are almost done–is growing. With 3.5 weeks left, there’s still plenty of time to finish, so keep reading!
If you have a young reader at home who you believe should be on the list, make sure to drop into the library to update the book so that I have current lists of finished books for every reader. I can’t put a name on the list if if their checklist in the library is blank.
Happy reading…we’re looking forward to April 19th!
This week, our featured Forest Reader is Zoe. She has been reading the Blue Spruce books along with her sisters, and she loves Milo and Georgie. Thanks for sharing with us, Zoe!
Our first featured Forest Reader is Aurora Gibbons. She chose THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield as her favourite Blue Spruce book so far. And now she’s well on her way to reading all ten books in her category.
If you have a young reader who would like to be a Featured Forest Reader, drop into the library to fill out a questionnaire when it’s time for a new book. We want to know what everyone is enjoying so far! It’s going to be a difficult choice this year, as all of the books are so good!
Keep reading…we’re not voting until April 19th….
Forest of Reading is a fun Canadian reading program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Kids read specific books, and vote on their favourites at the end of the program. It’s the only book award given to authors where children get to decide the winners. Fun, right?
And if your child has done Forest of Reading® before, they’re in for some fun changes this year. We’ve got lots of interactive fun planned—stay tuned!
Registration begins today, so make sure to drop in early this month to start reading. The earlier they begin, the easier it is to finish. We’ll give everyone a special handout to keep track of reading, and an explanation of the voting night and party. And of course, they all get to take home the first book they want to read.
Call or drop in to find out more. We’re already excited about April!
Forest of Reading is about to begin…just one short week away! We’ll be visiting schools in January, but children are welcome to start reading in December. (It’s always a great way to get ahead over the holidays.)
The books in each category are really interesting this year…we can’t wait to put up our display and see which books are taken out first!
If you have a reader in Kindergarten to Grade 8, encourage them to join our Forest of Reading program this year. It’s a wonderful way to engage new readers, to promote all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators featured, and to get through the winter blahs. (And at the end of April…we’ll have a voting night and party!)
Isn’t this great? The Festival of Trees is one of the BIGGEST book events in Canada. And not only do the kids get to see some of their favourite authors, there is amazing entertainment while they wait. This year, the White Pine dancers took to the stage and wowed the crowd.
If you’re in Toronto next year during the Festival of Trees, try to make it down to Harbourfront Centre to see all the action.