2022 Forest of Reading® Nominated Titles Announced

Canadian authors and illustrators selected for largest recreational reading program


TORONTO, ON (October 15, 2021) – The Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program, is excited to announce the English and French-language nominees for the 2022 Awards. The Forest of Reading’s mission is to instil the love of reading in people of all ages, while supporting programming in schools and libraries and celebrating Canadian authors, illustrators, and literature.


“Today we are excited to introduce our 2022 Forest of Reading lineup of amazing Canadian children’s literature. We can’t wait to watch students from across the country fall in love with reading or fall in love with reading again through these wondrous titles, resources, and activities. The Forest brings the best pleasure reading to you every year. Read on and ENJOY!” says Ruth Gretsinger, Co-Chair, Forest of Reading.

The Forest of Reading consists of ten programs distinguished by age group and reading level, each with ten nominated titles, selected by committees of library practitioners. The English school-aged programs are Blue Spruce, Silver Birch (Express and Fiction), Yellow Cedar, Red Maple, and White Pine. French school-aged literature is celebrated through the Peuplier, Mélèze, and Tamarac programs. The Forest of Reading has an adult program, Evergreen, which celebrates excellence in Canadian literature as a summer-reading book club (nominees for Evergreen are announced in February).

Throughout the program year, the Forest of Reading provides quality online literacy and reading engagement resources that can be used in school and library programming or at home. In April, those who participate in the Forest have the opportunity to vote for their favourite books and select the award winners.

Developing a love of reading is crucial, especially after unprecedented disruptions and closures to schools and libraries and declining reading levels over the past two years. The Forest of Reading is excited to share this year’s 100 nominated titles, written and illustrated by more than 125 nominees, and to celebrate with our 270,000 participants.

All school-aged nominated titles will be available in alternate formats  through Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and Alternative Education Resources of Ontario (AERO).

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The Forest of Reading program is a national program and was created in 1995 as a project of the Ontario Library Association (OLA)  The 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.

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Media and program contacts:

Meredith Tutching
Director, Forest of Reading
Ontario Library Association
416.363.3388 x222

Lauren Hummel
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Ontario Library Association
416.363.3388 x227