It’s hard to believe, but it’s Forest of Reading® time again at the library! This is a wonderful reading program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6, and it runs from now through the end of April 2016.
Forest of Reading® is a fantastic reading program that celebrates Canadian books. And the best part is that only children participate, read, and then vote for their favourites, allowing those Canadian authors and illustrators to win a coveted award for their work.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Children can register at the front desk and we’ll get them started. We’ll be visiting schools in the New Year to talk about the program, but we like to start in December to allow everyone to get a head start over the holidays. Some of the books in the higher grade levels take longer to read, so we want to give everyone enough time.
HOW MANY BOOKS DO WE HAVE TO READ?
Each category is different, with books ranging in scale to accommodate weaker and stronger readers. At the first level, Blue Spruce™, there are only picture books to allow children in Kindergarten to Grade 2 a challenge. In this category, students must read all ten books, and usually they are quite simple to finish in the allotted time.
For the other categories we’re running this year (Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™, and Silver Birch Non-Fiction™), readers must complete only EIGHT books out of ten in order to be eligible to vote for their favourites.
WHEN WILL EVERYONE VOTE, AND WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T FINISH ALL THE BOOKS?
At our library, we ask that readers in Blue Spruce™ read all ten books, and everyone else must read eight out of ten books in the higher categories in order to be eligible to vote. Since the program runs for several months, there is adequate time to read everything. Readers can take out one book at a time, but closer to the end of the program, we might allow more than one book per person in order for someone to finish up.
If a reader cannot finish all of the required books, they can still come to the party, which will also be our voting night. Voting takes place on April 21st, and we’ll have a fun evening talking about the books, and announcing the winners our readers chose.
To find out more about the Forest of Reading® program, please visit the site here.
You can also click on this infographic below to see more about how this program works, and who participates. Enjoy!