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Forest of Reading

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Join Canada’s largest recreational reading program this spring at HCPL! The Forest of Reading is designed to encourage a love of reading and celebrate Canadian books publishers, authors, and illustrators. Reader’s of all ages and reading levels can find a category in the Forest of Reading to enjoy. Youth up to the age of 18 can vote for the school age categories in April. Adults can start voting for the Evergreen in August. 

Vote For Your Favourite

Voting for youth 4-18 will open in person and online on April 2nd and will close on April 26th. Evergreen voting for adults over 18 will be open online and in person in August. 

Read, Share and Win!

Take a picture of yourself or your child reading one of the nominated books and tag us on social media and be entered to win prizes. Tag us using @haliburtoncpl and #forestofreading.


English School Age

Blue Spruce Award™ Nominees (JK-Gr 2)

Canadian picture books for children between 4 and 7.

Silver Birch Express Award® Nominees (Gr 3-4)

A mix of fiction and non-fiction titles for readers grade 3 and 4, or reluctant readers.

Silver Birch Fiction Award® Nominees (Gr 5-6)

Fiction titles for grades 5 and 6 including a variety of stories for all readers to enjoy!

Red Maple Award™ Nominees (Gr 7-8)

Students grade 7 and 8 can enjoy this list of fictional titles that aims to get readers engaging in conversations about books and using critical thinking.

White Pine Award™ Nominees (Gr 9-12)

For teens of all ages to read the best most recent Canadian fiction titles. This category promotes reading for enjoyment and familiarizes teens with great Canadian books!

French School Age

Prix Peuplier Liste de finalistes

Picture books/Albums, moins de texte, sujets simples, convenant parfaitement à la lecture à haute voix.

Prix Mélèze Liste de finalistes

Chapter books (100-250 pages)/Courts romans, des albums plus avancés, des documentaires ou des BD. Le vocabulaire et le temps de verbes sont peu complexes.


Evergreen Award™ Nominees (Adult)

Canadian fiction and non-fiction.