The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program and an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). Designed to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages, the Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors, and illustrators.

Reading Lists

Start Reading! We've put together reading lists for you to easily check out the nominated books by award category! Happy reading!

Fun Activities & More

Print out these fun games, coloring and activity sheets.

Activity Sheets

Blue Spruce Fun activities

Blue Spruce Activity Sheets

Ages 4-7, JK–Grade 2. Blue Spruce Fun activities. Enrich your learning experience by connecting with the canadian picture books.

Activity Sheets

Blue Spruce Activity Sheets

Silver Birch Activity Sheets

Ages 8-12, Grades 3–6. Silver Birch Activity Sheets. Enrich your learning experience by connecting with the nominated fiction books.

Featured Events

You might not be able to come to the library for the Forest of Reading initiative this year but we still have many virtual programs you can enjoy. Join us for FOR:Fun, Games and Books and Forest Fridays for virtual author visits and fun activities. Check out our virtual events and register now.

Forest Fridays


In case you missed it. Check out FoR: Fun, Games & Books program for some literary fun with Ariana and Karen. We will talk about books, play some games and have lots of fun.

February 22 edition

March 1 edition

March 8 edition

March 15 edition

March 29 edition

April 12 edition

April 19 edition

April 30 edition

Nominees videos

Check out the 2021 nominees for Blue Spruce, Silver Birch and Red Maple. Place a hold on the books you are interested in and enjoy reading them.

Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Nominees

Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award Nominees

Forest of Reading Red Maple Award Nominees

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Silver Birch Express

This list of nominated titles is aimed at children in Grades 3 to 4, and provides books with many different reading levels. ESL students, reluctant readers, special needs students, and other readers will find this mixed list of fiction and non-fiction exactly to their liking.

White Pine

This program offers teenagers the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young adult fiction titles. With this exciting list of nominations, teens will devour these books instantly. On voting day, students have a voice in choosing their favourite in the list of 10 nominated titles!

Blue Spruce

For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books! This program helps children in Kindergarten through to Grade 2 develop the skill of evaluating a picture book based on the story and the pictures. Children vote to determine the winning book of the Blue Spruce Award after they have read or have been read to all the titles!

Red Maple

This program is for students in Grades 7 and 8, and encourages Canadian writing and authors. Readers will get swept into these exciting fictional stories by Canadian authors while improving their reading skills!

Silver Birch

The non-fiction titles in this program appeal to readers in Grades 5 to 6, and have been enlightening readers for over 20 years! In this program, children will learn about real life stories and facts ranging from history to hockey.

Yellow Cedar

The Yellow Cedar Award celebrates books for readers in Grades 4-8. Ten great Canadian non-fiction books are celebrated.

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