Blue Spruce Award


Administered By:

Ontario Library Association



Award Status:



Contact Info:

Ontario Library Association
2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2B6

The Blue Spruce is a provincial primary reading program developed by the Ontario Library Association. Originally designed for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3, in 2007 the Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Award were realigned. The Blue Spruce Award is now geared for students in Kindergarten to Grade 2, while the Silver Birch Award expanded to include students in Grade 3. Students read 10 nominated Canadian picture books and then vote for their favourite book. Based on the student voting across the province, the best picture book is then selected and the author/illustrator is honoured with the Blue Spruce Award. The official sponsor of the Blue Spruce Award reading program is Tinlids Inc.


Yearsort icon Detail Recipient
2015 Maureen Fergus, The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten. Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2013.
2014 Dave Whamond, Oddrey. Toronto: Owlkids Books Inc., 2013.
2013 Martin Springett, Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story. Photographs by Isobel Springett. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2012.
2012 Rebecca Bender, Giraffe and Bird. Toronto: Dancing Cat Books, 2010.
2011 Dave Whamond, My Think-a-ma-Jink. Toronto: Owlkids, 2010.
2010 Jeremy Tankard, Boo Hoo Bird. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009.
2009 Mélanie Watt, Chester. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007.
2008 Mélanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007.
2007 Mélanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2006 George Elliott, The Boy Who Loved Bananas. Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2005 Robert Heidbreder, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance. Illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2004 Linda Bailey, Stanley’s Party. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2003.
2003 Matthew Napier, Z is for Zamboni. Illustrated by Melanie Rose. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2002.
2002 Valerie Coulman, When Pigs Fly. Illustrated by Rogé. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2001.