TORONTO, ON (October 15, 2014) – The Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading program presents this year’s English and French nominees for the Forest of Reading. Committees of library practitioners select the nominated titles, and readers vote for the winners in Spring 2015.
[2015 FOREST OF READING NOMINATION LIST: www.accessola.com/forest]
The Forest of Reading is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association and is Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind. There are eight award programs distinguished by age group and reading level: Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, White Pine, and Golden Oak. French literature is celebrated through the Le Prix Tamarac and the Le Prix Peuplier programs.
“Each reading list contains books that capture the imagination, provoke discussion, or just prompt laughing out loud,” says Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, OLA. “All of the nominated titles introduce young readers to the talent and diversity of Canadian authors and illustrators.”
The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators and encourages a love of reading in people of all ages. Over 250,000 readers participate annually through their schools or public libraries. All Canadians are invited to participate via their schools, local public libraries, literacy centres or at home.
The winners of the 2015 Forest of Reading Awards will be announced live at the Festival of Trees™ in May 2015. “It’s the greatest author’s event in the world. The kids are great, enthusiastic,” Kevin Sylvester says,former Forest nominee and winner about the Festival. “You all do an incredible amount of work organizing a whole whack of stuff and it goes off without a hitch.”
Public Libraries across Ontario have the nominated titles and some offer a Forest of Reading® book club – visit your local library to start reading!