Featured Forest Reader

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!

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Featured Forest Reader

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®

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!

Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple…oh my!

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!)

Stay tuned…

Forest of Trees

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.

Forest of Reading® Winners!

While we had our voting night last month, the official winners of the 2017 Forest of Reading® have just been announced. And the winners are:

Blue Spruce™–

THE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

(We chose HARRY & WALTER and THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK)

Silver Birch Express™—

(We chose MYLES AND THE MONSTER OUTSIDE & THE ENCHANTED EGG)

Silver Birch Fiction™ —

(We chose THE NEST)

Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ —-

(We chose HALF-TRUTHS & BRAZEN LIES)

Red Maple™ —–

SHOOTER by Caroline Pignat

(We chose MINRS  and TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE)

Our Forest of Reading® Picks!

Last week, our young readers gathered to vote on their favourite books in Forest of Reading®. They’ve been reading books in their categories since December, and the time finally arrived to choose the winners.

We had students reading in Blue Spruce™, Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™ & Non-Fiction™, and Red Maple. It was an exciting night!

And the winners were:

In the Blue Spruce category for Kindergarten to Grade 2:

THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear, and HARRY AND WALTER by Kathy Stinson.

In the Silver Birch Express category for Grades 3 & 4, it was a tie:

MYLES AND THE MONSTER OUTSIDE by Philippa Dowding, and THE ENCHANTED EGG by Callie George.

In the Silver Birch Fiction category, for Grades 5 & 6: THE NEST by Kenneth Oppel (see photo above).

And in the Silver Birch Non-Fiction category for Grades 5 & 6:

HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES: AN HONEST LOOK AT LYING by Kira Vermond.

And last but not least, our Red Maple Fiction winner for Grades 7 & 8 was another tie:

MINRS by Kevin Sylvester, and TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful Canadian authors and illustrators who were nominated. Now, our votes will be added to those from across Ontario, and the “official” winners will be announced in Toronto in mid-May.

We can’t wait until next year!