About The Event

Please be advised that the Ontario Library Association has made the very difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Forest of Reading Festivals scheduled in May for Waterloo Region (May 6), London (May 8), and Toronto (May 12 – 14). Please read the full update here. 

The Award Ceremonies of the Forest of Reading Festival will be presented through CBC Books online June 16, 2020. Read more about this exciting new partnership here.

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?

  • Attend Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading®
  • Get involved in Author/Illustrator Workshops
  • Have Nominees sign your favourite Forest book!
  • Take part in exciting activities and games
  • Get excited for roving entertainment and vendors
  • Win free prizes and books!
  • Meet fellow young readers!
  • Buy Forest of Reading books and merchandise

To read more about other activities happening at the Festival, visit the Schedule webpage.

Where Is The Festival?

All Festivals take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In 2021, the Forest of Reading Festivals will be held in the following cities:

  • Waterloo Region (authors from Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, Red Maple)
    •  The Aud (400 East Avenue, Kitchener, ON)
  • London  (authors from Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, Red Maple)
    • Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District (845 Florence St., London, ON)
  • 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 culminates in a two-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 12,000 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.

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.