THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND TEENS CELEBRATE THEIR LOVE OF READING AT THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES

Winners of the 2018 Forest of Reading English and French Awards Will Be Announced at Harbourfront Centre

 

What: Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees welcomes 12,000+ young readers to Harbourfront Centre for workshops with Canada’s best authors and illustrators, lively entertainment and award ceremonies. The three-day event, which is often called a “rock concert of reading”, celebrates a love of reading for French and English readers of all skill levels.

 

Presented by the Ontario Library Association and the Toronto International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

 

When: Tuesday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 16 (English Festival of Trees)
Thursday, May 17 (French Festival of Trees, featuring 25+ Francophone authors and illustrators)

 

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

 

Who: Hundreds of schools and thousands of children from across Ontario, alongside 60+ of Canada’s top authors and illustrators and 25+ of Canada’s top Francophone authors and illustrators, including: Mireille Messier, Kevin Sylvester, Jess Keating, Helaine Becker, Mary Beth Leatherdale, Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Allan Stratton, Vikki Van Sickle, Wesley King, Joel Sutherland, Susin Nielsen, Susan Juby, Cherie Dimaline and many more. 

The French component of the Forest of Reading® awards will be celebrated on May 17, which will include workshops by Mireille Messier, Andrée Poulin, Isha Bottin, Pierrette Dubé, François Gravel, Simon Boulerice, Annie Bacon, Roxane Turcotte, Andrée Marois and many more.

Mayor John Tory will be in attendance on the first day of the Festival on May 15 at 10 a.m.

CHOQ FM, Toronto’s Francophone radio station, will broadcast live during the French Festival on May 17.

Interactive: The Festival will present plenty of opportunities to get involved, including performances by the Council Fire All Nation Junior & Junior Drum and First Fire Juniors Dance Crew, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Poetry Saved Our Lives, Fana Soro, Entertainer Mike Ford, and Groove EDGEucation. Activities featuring LEGO, pond activities, tattoos, crafts, a photo booth, and Junior Librarian Training Camp.

 

Follow along on Twitter as @ForestofReading tweets out top events. Use #FestivalofTrees and #FestivaldesArbres to join in on the fun. Media can request photos and video footage from [email protected].

 

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The Ontario Library Association (OLA) creates programmes, advocacy and promotion for almost 5,000 members who work in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and public libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information, and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programmes and services of the libraries of Ontario. OLA’s largest annual events include the OLA Super Conference and the Festival of Trees.

 

The Toronto International Festival of Authors is Canada’s largest and oldest literary festival. It has hosted over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners, since 1974. Mandated to cultivate and advance the cause of literature, the organization presents today’s finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, while providing Canadian writers a global forum in which to present their work. Events are held at Harbourfront Centre all year round, and include the annual Toronto International Festival of Authors (October 18-28, 2018), international and Ontario-wide touring programmes, Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees, and Toronto Lit Up series of book launches. Visit IFOA.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS
Lauren Hummel: [email protected]. 647-235-1970
Amy Dennis: [email protected], 416-973- 4395