Forest of Reading®

We’re always excited when it’s this time of year…Forest of Reading® time! The books have been nominated, they’ve arrived in our library, and now we’re just getting everything ready for this fun reading program to begin in December.Forest-of-Reading-LogoWhat is Forest of Reading®? It’s an annual reading program filled with Canadian books that can only be voted on by children. We’ll be running the usual categories this time—Blue Spruce™ (Kindergarten to Grade 2), Silver Birch Express™ (Grades 3 & 4), and for Grades 5 & 6, we’ll do Silver Birch Fiction™ & Silver Birch Non-Fiction™. In each category, there are ten books, and we’ll require children to read a certain number depending on their reading category. It’s a fun way for children to get exposed to some of the wonderful Canadian books that are out there, and a great way to teach them the concept of voting.

We’ll be visiting schools in the upcoming months to talk about the reading program, but once December starts, if you have a young reader, they can drop by the library and register to get started. It’s always a great idea to begin as early as possible as there are 10 books in each category to read. And if they finish one category, they can always move into the next one.

You can see all of the books in the 2017 Forest of Reading® categories on by clicking on one of the links at the top of this page. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702, or drop by to see us. We’ll be reading!






The official Forest of Reading® winners have been announced!  We sent off all of our votes along with other libraries and schools, and these were the winning books for 2016.

Blue Spruce™:

If-Kids-Ruled-the-World-WebSilver Birch Express™:

End-of-the-Line-WebSilver Birch Fiction™:

Masterminds-WebSilver Birch Non-Fiction™:

Haunted-Canada-WebCongratulations to all of the fantastic Canadian authors and illustrators who won!

Our Winners!

Last Thursday, our young readers who had participated in Forest of Reading® from December to April, came and voted on their favourite books. They had to read at least 8 books in most of the categories in order to be able to vote, so we feel confident they picked the best ones of the lot.

And the winners were:

Blue Spruce™

Cardinal-and-the-Crow-WebSilver Birch Express™ —a three-way tie!

express.jpgSilver Birch Fiction™—a two-way tie!

fictionSilver Birch Non-Fiction™—another two-way tie!

nonficAll of the winners we picked were tabulated and sent off to Toronto to join in all of the libraries and schools who also participated. Once all of the votes are in, “official” winners will be announced, and the Canadian authors and illustrators who were chosen will win one of the coveted prizes.  We can’t wait to see how we did! Check back here in May for all the details.

We’re Voting!

It’s Forest of Reading® Voting Night at the library, and we’re excited! We have the polling stations ready, pencils sharpened, and ballots ready to cast. Who knows what books we’ll be picking as the winners tonight?

20160414_112710If your young reader finished all of the required books in their category, they are eligible to come and vote starting at 6pm.  If they did not finish enough books to vote, they can still come and enjoy the party from 6-7pm.  At the end of the session, we’ll announce the winning books, and get our votes all sent off to Toronto for the final tabulations.

This is an exciting night, so if you’re at the library, expect to hear kids having fun talking about books!

Forest of Reading® Voting Night

Forest-of-Reading-LogoNow that it’s April, we’re thinking about voting night at the library. These are the last few weeks for readers who are participating in Forest of Reading®, so we know they’ll want to get finished up in order to vote.

A reminder….readers in the Silver Birch Express™. Silver Birch Fiction™, and Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ categories only have to read 8 out of 10 books in their category in order to be able to vote. Readers in the Blue Spruce™ category MUST read all 10 books in their level.

Our voting night will be a fun combination of voting, eating cake, and prizes. Everyone who makes our voters list will be able to drop in on Thursday, April 21st from 6-7pm  to cast their ballots, and then stay for the party.  If your young reader hasn’t read all of the books needed to vote, they can still come to the party. It will be a lot of fun!  And we’ll announce the winners we’ve picked at the end of the night!

We are updating our “WHO CAN VOTE” list each week to make sure everyone knows who is eligible to vote at the end of  April.  If your reader hasn’t been marking their books in our binder, we won’t know they’re ready, so make sure to drop in and update the binder. We have our voting lists posted here at the library now, so pop in to see if your reader’s name is on the list today!

We’re Still Reading!

If your child is enrolled in Forest of Reading® at the library, we’re about half way through. While voting might be two months away, there are plenty of things you can do to keep the interest up until the big night. But first, a few things about the program:

Forest-2015-By-The-Numbers-Lettersize(1)-page-001At our library, we have children from more than seven schools reading (including home schooled children)…about 45 solid readers in total. One reader has already finished all 10 books in the Silver Birch™ Non-Fiction level, and we have about 6 readers who are more than halfway through their totals, with many more well on their way.  It takes a long time to read some of the thicker fiction, so this is a great start.

If you child is taking part in the Blue Spruce™ category, remember, they have to read all 10 picture books. These seem to go the fastest, so keep track of the ones they like on their brochure that we handed out when they registered. Picture books are also a fantastic way to have conversation with your children. Each one is picked because it has a wonderful story or theme, and all of them could be great breakfast discussion topics.  Asking your reader to tell you about a book they read the night before is a great way to work on comprehension, and promote literacy skills. But more importantly, it shows your child that you’re interested in books and stories, and hopefully this will create a lifelong reader.

For the older set, while parents aren’t as involved in the books or the reading, there are still plenty of opportunities for discussion. Kids like to talk about what they’re reading, and questions to help them discover more from their books are a great tool to engage reluctant readers as well. Things like:

  • Did you like this book? If not, why did you stop reading? Was it the subject matter, or did the book not catch your interest soon enough?
  • What was the last book you loved? (This can tell you a lot about your reader. If they mention one they are reading in class, often it’s because someone is reading out loud. That’s a GREAT way to engage readers who aren’t strong, but it also models great reading practice. If they talk about a comic book or something else that involves a lot of pictures, you might suggest graphic novels. And if they mention they really liked that book about Minecraft, or Lego, or horses….then you might just have a non-fiction reader on your hands. Don’t discourage them from reading non-fiction….it’s still reading!)
  • Are you too tired to read at night? If yes, maybe your child needs some “designated” reading time before dinner, or a few minutes before they catch the bus. Sometimes, all they need is a different reading schedule to get excited.
  • Talk to them about things YOU read…..even if it’s from the newspaper or a magazine. Read things your kids would engaging, and then show them the article while talking about it. Sometimes all they need is a spark of interest. And when you read, your children see this and think reading is a good thing.

If your young reader wants to take part in the program this year, we’re only accepting registrations up until the end of this month to allow everyone time to read all of the books. It will become trickier toward the end when everyone has a few extras to finish up in time for voting night. So, drop by this week, get registered, and get reading. This is going to be a tight race!