2016 Forest of Reading® Programs Nominated Titles Announced

Children across the country to vote for favourite Canadian titles in award program

TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - The Forest of Reading allows readers of all ages to cultivate a love of reading through Canadian picture books, young adult books, novels and French-language titles. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce the reading program's 2016 English and French nominees.

[2016 FOREST OF READING NOMINATION LISTS: www.accessola.com/forest]

The program consists of eight award programs distinguished by age group and reading level: Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, Red Maple, White Pine, Golden Oak and Evergreen. French literature is celebrated through Le Prix Tamarac and Le Prix Peuplier programs. Over 250,000 readers participate in the annual Forest of Reading program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes.

"For young readers, these awards kindle and nurture a love of reading; teach the kids analytical skills as they weigh and debate the merits of each shortlisted title; and ultimately empower them to vote for the winning books each year," says award winning Children's author, Kenneth Oppel. "As a writer I've never seen so many kids, so excited about books, as I have when I attend the yearly awards ceremonies."

Together, there are 118 nominated titles; approximately ten books for each program. Those who read at least five titles in the program will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite books in April, and winners of the 2016 Forest of Reading award program will be announced live at the Festival of Trees in May. Often considered a "rock concert of reading," the festival also offers various creative workshops and activities for children alongside nominated authors.

The program is supported by almost 125 volunteers.

"Research reveals young people who report a love of reading have higher educational achievement levels. This year's Forest of Reading nominated titles will cultivate that love of reading while also entertaining, challenging, and inspiring our readers across Ontario and beyond," says Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association.

The Ontario Library Association (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.

Tinlids is the official wholesaler for the 2016 Forest of Reading program.

SOURCE Ontario Library Association

For further information: Media and program contacts: Meredith Tutching, Director, Forest of Reading, Ontario Library Association, 416.363.3388 x222, mtutching@accessola.com; Annesha Hutchinson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Ontario Library Association, 416.363.3388 x231, ahutchinson@accessola.com


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