2017 Forest of Reading Nominated Titles Announced

Canadian authors and illustrators selected for recreational reading program

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) has announced the English and French nominees for the 2017 Forest of Reading, the largest recreational reading award program in Canada.


The program consists of eight award programs distinguished by age group and reading level. The English programs are: Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, White Pine, Golden Oak, and Evergreen. French literature is celebrated through the Peuplier, Tamarac, and Tamarac Express programs. Over 250,000 readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres, and at home.

“As always, the Forest is the single most important element in spreading literacy and promoting writers in the country!” says Eric Walters, multiple Forest award nominee and winner. “I was able to become a full time writer because of the OLA.”

Together, there are 118 nominated titles – ten books for each school-aged program and eight for Golden Oak. Those who read a certain number of titles in each program will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite books in April. The winners of the 2017 Forest of Reading Awards will be announced live at the Festival of Trees in May.

“Engagement in literacy is a constant concern faced by schools, libraries and parents,” says Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association. “The Forest of Reading has become a meaningful tool for improving literacy and inspiring the love of reading in children, while supporting the Canadian publishing industry.”

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.

Tinlids is the official wholesaler for the 2017 Forest of Reading program.