Forest of Reading Festival on CBC Books

Forest of Reading Festival Partners with CBC to Launch a Virtual Edition of the annual event

The annual Forest of Reading Festival will move to a one-day digital event, hosted and streamed by CBC Books 

 

June 16 Schedule for English Awards – Available to Stream on Curio.ca

9 am EST: Blue Spruce Award
10 am EST: Silver Birch Express Award
11 am EST: Silver Birch Award
12 pm EST: Yellow Cedar Award
1 pm EST: Red Maple Award
2 pm EST: White Pine Award

You can access the streams on curio.ca/forestoforeading.

 

June 18 Schedule for French Awards – Available to Stream on Curio.ca

10 am EST: Le prix Peuplier
11 am EST: Le prix Mélèze
12 pm EST: Le prix Tamarac

You can access the streams on curio.ca/foretdelalecture.

 

Check out the Forest of Reading on CBC Books!

Blue Spruce

Silver Birch Express

Silver Birch Fiction

Yellow Cedar

Red Maple

White Pine

 

Celebrate the Forest and the Festival at Home on June 16 for English and June 18 for French

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Forest of Reading are excited to announce the Forest of Reading Festival, Canada’s largest literary festival for young readers, will be presented as a one-day, free digital award ceremony event, through a new partnership with CBC Books.

Everyone across Canada will have the opportunity to celebrate Canadian children’s and young adult literature and authors on Tuesday, June 16 for the English Awards and Thursday, June 18 for the French Awards.

CBC Books will host 40-minute ceremonies for the six English school-aged awards to announce and celebrate the winners on their digital platforms. For our French reading award programs, we’ll have details on those winner announcements soon.

We are excited to work with CBC Books to announce the winners of the 2020 Forest of Reading Awards nationally, and to engage with readers, authors, illustrators, publishers, and program supporters in this new digital space.

How to Celebrate at Home:

There are so many ways that you can support and celebrate the Forest of Reading at home leading up to the award winner announcements on June 16:

Keep an eye on CBC Books, who will share content on the Forest leading up to the winner announcements, like excerpts from nominated titles, videos of readings, and interviews with select finalists.

Access more than 500 resources we have on forestofreading.com, including watching the virtual author visit recordings for the English programs (Forest Fridays) and for the French programs (Mercre-LIT)

Access the e-versions of the Forest of Reading titles. You can find more information on how to do so for the English books and the French books.

If you are able to, purchase nominees books or other titles or encourage parents to purchase books through our official wholesaler, Tinlids. By purchasing through them, you are directly supporting the program.

Watch our Blue Spruce and Peuplier read-aloud videos. (*Please Note: These videos will be removed on June 30 and are not permitted to be downloaded and used in any other format.)

Promote the Forest of Reading Festival on through your own communities, school boards and library systems.

Share the Kid/Teen Committee Lists. Download the lists on forestofreading.com.

Connect with nominees on social media. Support nominees by booking author visits with them – some even do Skype visits. Go to the Forest of Reading website and click on the nominees you are looking to connect with.

 

More About This Exciting Partnership with CBC Books

TORONTO, ON (May 25, 2020) – The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and the Forest of Reading are excited to announce the Forest of Reading Festival, Canada’s largest literary festival for young readers, will be presented as a one-day, free digital award ceremony event, through a new partnership with CBC Books.

Everyone across Canada will have the opportunity to celebrate Canadian children’s and young adult literature and authors on Tuesday, June 16.

“Having CBC Books as a partner in hosting this year’s festival is a perfect fit,” said Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association. “For the first time, readers across the country will have a chance to participate in the Festival and to hear from their favourite Canadian authors and illustrators.”

CBC Books will host 40-minute ceremonies for the six English school-aged awards to announce and celebrate the winners on their digital platforms. For the French reading award programs, we’ll have details on those winner announcements soon.

“Over the years we’ve seen how much the Forest of Reading Awards mean to both kids and authors,” said Tara Mora, Executive Producer, CBC Books and Literary Partnerships. “When we heard this year’s festival would be cancelled, we knew we wanted to help create a virtual celebration. We’re so pleased to be working with the OLA to encourage readers and support creators at this especially difficult moment in time.”

The Forest of Reading consists of ten programs distinguished by age group and reading level, each with ten nominated titles. The English school-aged programs are Blue Spruce, Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, Yellow Cedar, Red Maple, and White Pine. French literature is celebrated through the Peuplier, Mélèze, and Tamarac programs. The adult program, Evergreen, celebrates excellence in Canadian literature. Over 270,000 readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres, and at home.

Committees of library practitioners select the nominated titles and those who participate in the Forest vote for their favourite books in April and May. The winners of the program are typically announced in-person at the Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May. However, due to the challenges that faced the Ontario education sector this past year, all in-person Festival events were cancelled on March 6, 2020. Since then, the COVID-19 crisis ensued, and the OLA has been exploring options for hosting virtual award winner announcements.

We are excited to work with CBC Books to announce the winners of the 2020 Forest of Reading Awards nationally, and to engage with readers, authors, illustrators, publishers, and program supporters in this new digital space.

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About the Ontario Library Association: The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with 5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free and equitable access to information. Our members research, develop and participate in educational programs designed to provide exemplary library services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the Forest of Reading® program.

About CBC Books: Home to Canada Reads, Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges, reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit CBCbooks.ca.

About Tinlids: Tinlids Inc. is the official wholesaler for the 2020 Forest of Reading program.