Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the Forest of Reading Festival. Please note that the 2021 Festival will be presented online. The in-person event, along with exhibiting opportunities, will return in 2022.
FESTIVAL EXHIBITOR INFO
The OLA’s Forest of Reading® and its Festival is Canada’s largest recreational reading program and event. Every year, more than 270,000 children read and vote for their favourite book in a number of age-specific award categories. This usually culminates in the 3-day Festival celebration in Toronto. Each year, over 15,000 people attend the event at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
WHO ATTENDS THE FESTIVAL?
The target audience for the Festival is school-aged children from across the province, as well as families who are passionate about reading Canadian books. Over 100 busloads of young readers come into Toronto each day, including many from remote communities that don’t have access to this type of event.
The OLA targets more than 6,000 public, catholic and independent schools across Ontario, as well as parent council groups. Targeting readers from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and encouraging parent interest is an integral part of this process. OLA will reach all public libraries across Ontario through the Ontario Public Library Association.
WHAT DO ATTENDEES DO AT A FOREST OF READING FESTIVAL?
- Attend Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading®
- Get involved in Author/Illustrator Workshops
- Have Nominees sign their 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
THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE!
- 80+ authors/illustrators in attendance
- 15,000 young readers attend each year including 1,800+ parents/educators
- 3 days of programming from 10 am – 2 pm (2 days in English, 1 day in French)
- 50+ performances on stages
- 20-25 exhibitors each year
- 60+ workshops hosted by nominees
- Festival website received over 50,000 views in one week
- 2,500+ Forest of Reading Facebook likes and 3,000+ Ontario Library Association likes
- 6,000+ Forest of Reading Twitter followers and 9,000+ Ontario Library Association followers
HOW THE EVENT WILL BENEFIT EXHIBITORS
Exposure to book lovers and fans: The Toronto Forest of Reading Festival has a total combined audience of more than 15,000 young readers, with thousands more reached at local school visits. For authors and illustrators, they report that the Festivals are an opportunity to connect with readers who have read their books, ask pertinent questions, and provide invaluable feedback.
For exhibitors, they experience the same impact with the opportunity to engage with young readers, their educators, families and friends. Hands on programming, fun and interactive games, or experiences that captivate the audience are the best type of exhibitors. Many exhibitors are there for the exposure of their programs to this audience.
Here are some direct benefits of exhibiting at the Festival:
- Meeting young readers face-to-face
- Engaging with over 1,800 parents and educators
- Having a platform to inform and educate a captive audience about your programs, services, and/or products
- In a situation to receive instant feedback and take questions on your programs, services, and/or products.
- Build your brand awareness, especially to new audiences.
HERE IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE CURRENT AND PAST EXHIBITORS:
|Alliance Français||Prologue for the Performing Arts|
|Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)||Scholastic Canada|
|Drag Queen Story Time||Soap Box Science|
|Experience Groove||Telling Tales Festival|
|First Book Canada||TFO|
|Flip (TFO)||Toronto Comic Arts Festival|
|Glendon Camps||Toronto Fire Services|
|Kids Can Press||Toronto Police Services|
|Lego||Toronto Public Library|
|Penguin Random House Canada||TVO|
- Book Publishers
- Magazine Publishers
- Arts Organizations
- Libraries & library organizations
- Educational & Literacy Organizations
- Writing and creator organizations
Early Bird Before Apr. 1 Regular Rate
TENT SIZE TENT SIZE
Large – 40+ Titles/year $500/$700 $650/$850
Small/Medium – 6-39 Titles/year $250/$400 $350/$500
Micro – 1-5 Titles/year $100/$200 $200/$300
Large/Multi-Title – Circulation 100,000+ $1,000/$1,500 $1,200/$1,700
Small/Medium – Circulation up to 100,000 $750/$1,000 $850/$1,100
Arts Organizations $250/$500 $300/$600
Libraries & library Organizations $250/$500 $300/$600
Educational & Literacy Organizations $250/$500 $300/$600
Writing and creator Organizations $250/$500 $300/$600
*Prices are negotiable in lieu of programming/entertainment
*Larger spaces are available upon request
BOOK SALES: The only books that can be sold on site at the Festival are by the official wholesaler, Tinlids Inc. and are nominated titles. Awareness around new books, promotion and signings of Canadian books is permitted, however, sales are not unless they are nominated title for that year and sold through the official wholesaler on site.
- Please note that you must agree to the Code of Conduct and Rules & Regulations of the Festival in the application and contract form.
For more information please contact Meredith Tutching, Director – Forest of Reading at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All applications are subject to review by Festival staff and not all applications are guaranteed a place at the Festival.