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Finalists announced for 2020 Forest of Reading award program

Forest of Reading is the largest reading award program in Canada. More than 270,000 students vote for their favourite books across 10 categories.
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)

The Ontario Library Association has announced the titles nominated for their Forest of Reading program.

Students from kindergarten to high school are encouraged to read from a selection of shortlisted books and vote for their favourites.

Forest of Reading is the largest reading award program in Canada. More than 270,000 students from across Ontario will participate in the program.

A total 10 categories — seven English and three French — reflecting different reading levels and genres are recognized. Each category has 10 nominated titles. 

In 2020, the two nonfiction awards for school-age students have been merged into a one new prize, the Yellow Cedar Award.

Voting will take place in April 2020.

The winners will be announced at the Forest of Reading Festival May 12-14, 2020.

Here are the nominated titles in the English-language categories.

Blue Spruce Award (picture books for JK to Grade 2 students): 

  • Emma's Gems by Anne Renaud, illustrated by Leanne Franson
  • Giraffe and Bird Together Again by Rebecca Bender
  • The Magic Boat by Katherine Farris & Kit Pearson, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
  • Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Anne Villeneuve
  • Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay
  • A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
  • Reptile Club by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Elina Ellis
  • Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Lyn Sparrow, illustrated by Guillaume Perreault
  • Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Orbie 
  • That's Not Hockey! by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Félix Girard

Red Maple Award (fiction for Grade 7 & 8): 

Yellow Cedar Award (nonfiction for Grades 3-8):

  • Be Prepared! by Frankie MacDonald & Sarah Sawler
  • Beavers by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith 
  • Extreme Abilities by Galadriel Watson, illustrated by Cornelia Li
  • Follow Your Stuff by Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka
  • Hayley Wickenheiser by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illustrated by D.A. Bishop 
  • Highrise by Katerina Cizek, adapted by Kristy Woudstra 
  • Hubots by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Alex Ries 
  • Killer Style by Allison Matthews-David & Serah-Marie McMahon, illustrated by Gillian Wilson 
  • My River by Stella Bowles & Anne Laurel Carter
  • Too Young to Escape by Van Ho & Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch 

White Pine Award (fiction for Grade 9-12): 

Silver Birch Award (fiction for Grade 3-6): 

Silver Birch Express Award (Grades 3-4 reluctant readers): 

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