If your young reader hasn’t signed up for Forest of Reading® yet, we’re just getting started. And this year, there are some fabulous books in each category!
While we had our official Forest of Reading® Voting night back in April, the final totals were sent to Toronto to be tabulated along with results from other libraries and schools across the province. Last week, the final winners of each category were announced. And the winners are……………
SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS
SILVER BIRCH FICTION
SILVER BIRCH NON-FICTION
RED MAPLE FICTION
Our library didn’t do too badly, picking a few of the overall winners. If only we didn’t have to wait until December to start reading next year’s nominees!
Just a reminder, tonight is Forest of Reading® Voting Night at the library! If your young reader is on our voting list, it means they’ve read at least 8 books in their category, or all 10 books if they’re doing Blue Spruce™. But even if they haven’t read enough books to vote, everyone is welcome to come to the party. There will be cupcakes!!
So, join us from 6-7pm for the vote, revealing our picks, and some prizes. It’s going to be fun! (Results to come next week.)
Forest of Reading® Voting Night is coming up soon—- Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7pm. At the moment, we have about a dozen kids who are eligible to vote—-they’ve read 8 – 10 books in their reading category, and several dozen more who are almost there. But no worries, there is still plenty of time for those of you who might have young readers working hard to finish their books.
WHO CAN VOTE?
Anyone who registered with us for the Forest of Reading® and who has been keeping track of their books in our binder will be on our list. They MUST complete all 10 books in the Blue Spruce™ category, or at least 8 books in the Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™, Silver Birch Non-Fiction™, or Red Maple™ categories. If they’ve been marking them off in the binder, then I know who has completed enough books to vote. Please check the list posted in the library to make sure your reader is on it.
WHAT IF WE DIDN’T READ ENOUGH BOOKS?
This is an official voting process—-our results are sent to Toronto for the official tally so that the awards may be given to the Canadian authors and illustrators with the most votes. In order for a reader to honestly pick the best books in their categories, we’ve decided that reading at least eight out of the ten books will give them a good feel for the category. (In Blue Spruce™ it is all ten because they are short picture books.)
If they don’t read the required number of books, we cannot let them vote. However, EVERYONE registered for the program can come to our voting night party. We’d love for readers to see how exciting it is to finish, and be able to participate in the vote. We’ll talk about the books a little, announce our winners, and yes….eat some cake.
WHEN WILL THE OFFICIAL WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
Although we’ll pick our winners, it will take about a month for the tallies to come in from everyone participating around the province. We’ll leave our winners posted, and then will post the official winners sometime in mid-may.
If you have any other questions, please give us a call at the library. Otherwise, we hope to see you at the library on voting night!
Forest of Reading® will begin in December, and we’re looking forward to it! For those who have never participated, it’s a great reading program for kids that allows them to choose a winning book. And the best part? All of the books are by Canadian authors or illustrators.
How does it work? Starting in December, kids can come in and register in their specific reading category (by grade or reading level), and pick up their first book. Then, they have almost five months to read the selections. Each category includes 10 books, and except for Blue Spruce, we ask that kids read at least 8 of the 10 books in order to be able to vote. Because the Blue Spruce category is comprised of picture books, we don’t think it’s too difficult to get through all 10.
I’ll be visiting schools starting in January to talk about the program, but it’s so much fun, we like to get started in December. Once your reader registers at the front desk, they can choose a book to take home to start reading. We’ll give them a brochure to keep track of everything….because it’s a long way until April and voting night.
Then, we’ll get ready for voting night! Everyone who has read enough books in their category can vote. We ask them to mark their finished books in our binder so we can keep track of everyone eligible…..just like a real voting night! But the best part? There’s a party, too!
Everyone who registers and starts Forest of Reading® can come to the party. There will be plenty of cake, a fun contest, and we’ll announce the winners from our library vote. After that, we send off our list to Toronto to be tabulated with the rest of the province. It’s so exciting!
Once all of the votes are in, the winners will be announced. This is the only award given to a Canadian author or illustrator that only kids to get vote on, so it’s a big deal for everyone nominated. We’ll be sure to post the final winners in the library as well. Drop in to find out more about this great reading program for kids.
It’s December, and that means Forest of Reading® at the library. We run this fabulous program each year from December through April for all our young readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6. If you’ve had a child participate in past years, this year looks like it’s going to be even better, with tons of fabulous books in each category!
How does it work?
During Forest of Reading®, children read 8 – 10 books within their grade category. The books are all by a Canadian author or illustrator, and have been published within the last two years. Once the kids read the books, they will pick their favourites and then come to our voting night at the library in April 2014. It’s a secret ballot, and the tabulations from our library are then sent on to Toronto to be amalgamated with the province results. Once they calculate the votes, the authors will receive an award at a special ceremony in Toronto in May. It’s so much fun!
Who can participate?
Each year, we participate in a variety of categories. This year, we’ve chosen Blue Spruce (K – Grade 2), Silver Birch Express (Gr. 3 & 4), and Silver Birch Fiction and Non-Fiction (Gr. 5 & 6). We’ll go around to the schools in December and January to tell everyone about the program and hopefully sign up a bunch of young readers. But anyone who comes to the library between now and then may be asked to participate, too!
What are the books this year?
Every category is based on the type of reader best suited for it. Blue Spruce has more beginning readers, so there are picture books only. Silver Birch Express is aimed at more of a mix—advanced and beginning readers—so there are picture books, non-fiction and even a few chapter books. Silver Birch Fiction has wonderful novels, both thick and thin, for all readers. And Silver Birch Non-Fiction has a variety of fascinating reads for those who might not be interested in fiction.
Silver Birch Express
Silver Birch Fiction
Silver Birch Non-Fiction
Just come to the library and we’ll get your young reader all sorted out. It’s free and they can take home a book today and start reading. This is a great opportunity to get ahead during the holidays. Come February and March, we’ll have a lot of readers trying hard to finish their required books, so it’s nice to get them done early.
If you want to know more about the program in general, you can visit the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Website for lots of information. We hope to see your readers at the library to sign up today!
Last week, the official winners of Forest of Reading® were announced. After all the tabulations were done, these were the winning authors/illustrators/books that won:
Blue Spruce™ —
Kate and Pippin
Martin Springett & Isobel Springett
Silver Birch Express™–
Margaret and the Moth Tree
Brit & Kari Trogen
Silver Birch Fiction™–
Making Bombs For Hitler
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Silver Birch Non-Fiction™–
No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs
We’re excited because this year, our own readers picked three out of the four winners! And they were all great books, so it’s fantastic! Congratulations to the winners. We’re looking forward to Forest of Reading® next year!