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The votes are in! Over 250,000 children participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading program this year. By popular vote, the children have chosen the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time.

The 2019 award winners are:

Readers aged 4-7:

Barnaby Never Forgets
Blue Spruce Winner: Barnaby Never Forgets
Meet Viola Desmond
Silver Birch Express Winner: Meet Viola Desmond

Readers aged 8-12:

Chase
Silver Birch Fiction Winner: Chase
Carey Price
Silver Birch NonFiction Winner: Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender

Teen/Young Adult:

World-Below
Red Maple Winner: A World Below
Red Maple NonFiction Winner: Every Falling Star
Agony-of-Bun-O'Keefe
White Pine Winner: The Agony of Bun O'Keefe