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Here you’ll find notable Canadian book awards celebrating:
Canadian writing, literary talent, the joy of reading, and the support of local Canadian content. 

Click on an image to be directed to the award’s website.

Forest of Reading logo

Run by the Ontario Library Association, the Forest of Reading champions a love of reading for individuals of all ages. Goals for this program include: developing recognition for Canadian authors and books, contributing to the financial stability of the Canadian publishing industry, and providing meaningful materials to improve literacy across Canada.

To borrow Forest of Reading books, select your category below and then click on the book covers to visit the library’s catalogue. 

Blue Spruce
JK/SK – Grade 2

Silver Birch
Grades 3 – 6

Red Maple
Grades 7 – 8

White Pine
Grades 9 – 12


Le Prix Peuplier
JK/SK – Grade 2

Blue Spruce award

The Blue Spruce Award

The Blue Spruce program introduces children ages 4 to 7 (kindergarten to grade 2) to recently published Canadian picture books.

The 2019 nominees are: 

Silver Birch award

The Silver Birch Award

The Silver Birch program offers 3 reading categories for readers aged 8 to 12. The Express list combines fiction and nonfiction books and is geared for readers in Grades 3 & 4. Children in Grades 5 & 6 will enjoy reading the Fiction and NonFiction lists.

The 2019 nominees are:




Red Maple award

The Red Maple Award

 The Red Maple program is for Grade 7 & 8 students aged 12 to 13. Each year, Red Maple offers a Fiction list, and every other year it offers a NonFiction list. 

The 2019 nominees are:



White Pine award

The White Pine Award

The White Pine program offers high school-aged students, of all grade levels, the chance to engage with Canadian books and authors with both fiction and nonfiction lists.

The 2019 nominees are:

Evergreen award

The Evergreen Award

A group of experienced librarians come together each year to share their favourite Canadian books with adult readers. The Evergreen program is designed for adults of any age and includes both Fiction and NonFiction titles.

The 2018 nominees are:

The Last Neanderthal
Evergreen Award Winner
Le Prix Peuplier

Le Prix Peuplier

Le Prix Peuplier is a reading program that celebrates French picture books written by Canadian authors.

The 2019 nominees are:

Le Prix Tamarac Express

Le Prix Tamarac Express

Le Prix Tamarac is a French reading program that focuses on shorter chapter books and/or mature picture books to encourage young readers to read the best Canadian fiction and nonfiction books written in French.  

The 2019 nominees are: