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CBC partners with Forest of Reading Festival to bring 2020 award ceremonies online

Online ceremonies for the 2020 awards, Canada’s largest annual children’s literary festival, will be held on on Tuesday, June 16.

Online ceremonies for the 2020 awards will be held on on June 16

Students from kindergarten to high school are encouraged to read from a selection of shortlisted books and vote for their favourites in the Forest of Reading program. (Forest of Reading/Facebook.com)

CBC Books will host an online award ceremony for the 2020 Forest of Reading, Canada's largest annual children's literary festival, on Tuesday, June 16.

The schedule is:

The awards ceremony will be broadcast on Curio, CBC's educational service.

Forest of Reading cancelled its live in-person festival in Toronto due to COVID-19.

Each spring, the Forest of Reading curates a wide selection of Canadian titles for school-aged children. Forest of Reading has 10 awards, divided by age group and reading level. Each award has 10 nominated titled and students across Canada vote on their favourite to determine the winner.

More than 270,000 students across Canada participate each year through their schools, public libraries, literacy centres and at home.

There are six English-language categories:

The 10 finalists in each category are chosen by a committee of of library practitioners.

The Forest of Reading annually celebrates Canadian literature for readers of all ages. (Forest of Reading)

CBC Books will host the awards ceremonies for each category, revealing the six English-language winners.

Throughout the month of June, CBC Books will be highlighting the finalists in each category leading up to the virtual ceremonies.

The Forest of Reading program is organized by the Ontario Library Association.

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