About The Event

2021 Information: Forest of Reading Festival Partners Again with CBC Books to Launch a Virtual Edition of Award Ceremonies

On May 18, 17, and 19, the Forest of Reading Festival will announce the winners of the 2021 Forest of Reading Awards online, in partnership with CBC Books. We’ll have more information in Spring 2021!


Watch the 2020 English and French Awards, available to stream on Curio.ca. You can access the streams on curio.ca/forestoforeading and on curio.ca/foretdelalecture.


About the Forest of Reading Festival

Do you love to read? Are you ready to make some noise for books? Do you want to meet your favourite authors and illustrators? Have you ever been to a “rock concert” for reading? This is your chance – be part of the largest literary event for young readers in Canada, the Forest of Reading® Festival!

What You Can Do At The Festival?

An in-person Festival event typically involves attendees:

  • Attending Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading®
  • Getting involved in Author/Illustrator Workshops
  • Havig nominees sign their favourite Forest books!
  • Taking part in exciting activities and games
  • Getting excited for roving entertainment and vendors
  • Winning free prizes and books!
  • Meeting fellow young readers!
  • Buying Forest of Reading books and merchandise

Where Is The In-Personal Festival?

All Festivals typically take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In 2021, the Forest of Reading Festival Award Ceremonies will be announced online. The in-person event will return in 2022!

  • Toronto (English) 
    • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON)
  • Toronto (Français)
    • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON)

About The Forest of Reading® Festival

The Forest of Reading Festival is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. It typically culminates in a three-day awards celebration for the school-aged and French-language programs of the Forest of Reading in Toronto, with satellite Festivals taking place across Ontario. Over 15,000 people attend the Festival in Toronto, which is co-presented by Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), at the Harbourfront Centre.

In 2012, the OLA began its Festival expansion and now each year satellite locations are put on in additional cities. Satellite Festivals have been held in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Parry Sound, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener and London. The first French Festival was also held in 2014 in Toronto. It is the first and only French literary festival of its kind in Canada. On 2019, the award ceremonies were presented virtually for the first time in partnership with CBC Books.

About The Forest of Reading

The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program – more than 270,000 readers participate every year individually, or at their school or public libraryThis initiative offers ten reading programs  for all ages, and each program consists of popular Canadian fiction and non-fiction titlesIt is a Canada-wide program that was launched by the Ontario Library Association, but it is intended for readers across the country and those in Canadian international schoolsThe Forest occupies a major place of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape and encourages a love of reading in people of all ages.

View the Forest of Reading nominated lists.

Visit the Forest of Reading website for more information.