Children across the country to voted for favourite Canadian titles in unique award program
May 16 and 17 marked the tenth anniversary of the Festival of Trees, and the winners of the 2017 Forest of Reading program were announced live. The event, which celebrates a love of reading for children of all ages, brings together thousands of young readers from across the province for workshops, entertainment, and meaningful experiences with top Canadian fiction and non-fiction authors.
Over 160,000 children voted in the 2017 Forest of Reading program. The winners of each program are:
- Blue Spruce Award™ Winner: Night Gardener by Eric Fan & Terry Fan
- Red Maple Fiction Award™ Winner: Shooter by Caroline Pignat
- Red Maple Non-Fiction Award™ Winner: Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys, and Claudia Dávila
- White Pine Award™ Winner: Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw
- Silver Birch Express Award® Winner: The Biggest Poutine in the World by Andrée Poulin, translated from French by Brigitte Waisberg
- Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award® Winner: Haunted Canada 6: More Terrifying True Stories by Joel A Sutherland
- Silver Birch Fiction Award® Winner: OCDaniel by Wesley King
The Forest of Reading allows readers of all ages to cultivate a love of reading through Canadian picture books, young adult books, novels and French-language titles. The program consists of eight award programs distinguished by age group and reading level: Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, White Pine, Golden Oak, and Evergreen. The French Festival of Trees celebrates the French award programs, Le Prix Tamarac and Le Prix Peuplier, held on May 19 at the Harbourfront Centre. Together, there are 118 nominated titles with approximately ten books for each program. The program is supported by almost 125 volunteers.