The Forest of Reading Festival Award Ceremonies Stream on CBC Books June 16 for English and June 18 for French

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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

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


June 18 Schedule for French Awards – Available to Stream on

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

You can access the streams on


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 (English) and June 18 (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.

Learn More About the Forest of Reading


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!

The Festival is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. It culminates in a three-day awards celebration for the school-aged and French-language programs of the Forest of Reading® in Toronto, with other satellite Festivals taking place across Ontario. More than 12,000 people attend the Festival in Toronto, which is co-presented by Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), at the Harbourfront Centre.

What You Can Do At The Festival?

  • Attend Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading®
  • Get involved in Author/Illustrator Workshops
  • Have Authors and Illustrators 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