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*Last updated May 18, 2021

Given we cannot announce the winners in person at the Forest of Reading Festival, we are adapting to celebrate the Forest of Reading in two parts: with our new Forest of Reading Virtual Celebrations, available through the password website ONLY to current program registrants, and with our Forest of Reading Awards, presented in partnership with CBC Books.

Forest of Reading Awards: Free to the Public, Partnered with CBC Books

The Forest of Reading Award ceremonies will be presented in partnership with CBC Books online through CBC’s platform on May 18, 19 and 20, 2021. We’ll announce the winners of the Forest of Reading Awards throughout the three days, hosted by Ali Hassan.

Each ceremony video will be released according to the schedule below and be available to view anytime after its release. All ceremonies will be available through CBC’s Curio platform.

Also check out interviews with the winners of the English Forest of Reading Awards on Curio!

NUMBER OF EVENTS: 9 Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading School-Aged Programs

Award Ceremony Schedule:

Ceremony links are found at

DateRelease TimeProgram
May 18, 202110:00 am ESTWhite Pine Award – 2021 Winner: Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena (Penguin Teen Canada)
May 18, 202111:30 am ESTRed Maple Award – 2021 Winner: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)
May 18, 20211:00 pm ESTBlue Spruce Award – 2021 Winner: Bad Dog by Mike Boldt (Doubleday Books For Young Readers)
May 19, 202110:00 am ESTYellow Cedar Award – 2021 Winner: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular by Kira Vermond and Clayton Hanmer (Owlkids Books Inc.)
May 19, 202111:30 am ESTSilver Birch Fiction Award – 2021 Winner: The Jigsaw Puzzle King by Gina McMurchy-Barber (Dundurn Press)
May 19, 20211:00 pm ESTSilver Birch Express Award – 2021 Winner: Peter and Ernesto: Sloths in the Night by Graham Annable (Published by First Second, Distributed by Raincoast Books)
May 20, 202110:00 am ESTLe prix Tamarac – Lauréat 2021: Lac Adélard par François Blais and Iris (La courte échelle)
May 20, 202111: 30 am ESTLe prix Mélèze – DELAYED/TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. MISE À JOUR: Nous remarquons un problème technique affectant la vidéo de la cérémonie du prix Mélèze. Nous vous aviserons dès que c’est corrigé. – Lauréat 2021: Sergent Billy : La vraie histoire du chevreau devenu soldat par Mireille Messier et Kass Reich (Publisher: Éditions de l’Isatis)
May 20, 20211:00 pm ESTLe prix Peuplier – Lauréat 2021: Pas moi par Elise Gravel (Éditions Scholastic)



Forest of Reading Virtual Celebrations: Exclusive to Paid Program Registrants

These events will be available ONLY through the password website for those registered in the 2021 program. To access these events, people must register for the Forest of Reading program.



Register to get access to the Celebrations today!

The Forest of Reading is celebrating the closing of the 2021 Award Programs. Typically, the program culminates in award ceremonies hosted during the in-person Forest of Reading Festival, and this year, we are adapting with virtual celebrations. The most exciting part of the Festival is connecting authors and illustrators with young people, and even though we can’t get together in person that we won’t let that stop us from connecting with everyone. Here is what the Forest of Reading is offering this year for registered participants.

What is included in the Celebrations?

  1. Blue Spruce Read Alouds (9 Videos): 9 of the 10 nominated titles are read by the people that wrote them
  2. Yellow Cedar Virtual Visits: Learn from the Experts (6 Videos): 6 nominees do virtual visits to talk about their nominated titles
  3. White Pine Virtual Visits: 44 Questions With… (8 Videos): 8 of the 10 nominees answer 44 questions about themselves
  4. Le prix Peuplier Read Alouds (9 Videos): 9 of the 10 nominated titles are read by the people that wrote them
  5. Forest of Reading: Award Winner Interviews (6 Videos): Featuring interviews of each of the Award Winners for the English Programs, available after the Forest of Reading Awards are presented 

Other Virtual Content, Available Only to Registrants:

  • Blue Spruce Book Club (10 Videos): featuring nominees from all 10 titles
  • Forest Friday Virtual Nominee Visits (24 Videos): featuring nominees from Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, and Red Maple.
  • Mercre-LIT Virtual Nominee Visits (16 Videos): featuring nominees from Le prix Mélèze and Tamarac