2010 OLA Forest of Reading Shortlist

TORONTO, ON (October 26, 2009) – The Ontario Library Association and official Wholesaler, S&B Books, are excited to reveal the short-listed nominated titles for the 2010 Forest of Reading®. The list of nominated children’s titles is as follows:

Blue Spruce Nominees (kindergarten to grade 3 age children):

  • Boo Hoo Bird by Jerry Tankard
  • Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog by Tim Beiser and Rachel Berman
  • Crocodiles Play! by Robert Heidbreder and Rae Maté
  • Farley Follows His Nose by Lynn C Johnston and Beth Cruikshank
  • The King Has Goat Ears by Katarina Jovanovic and Phillipe Béha
  • The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel – Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
  • Stanley’s Beauty Contest by Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin
  • There’s a Cow Under My Bed! by Valerie Sherrard and David Jardine
  • When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay
  • You’re Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky and Kady MacDonald Denton

Silver Birch Nominees (for grade 3 to 6 age children):

  • Death in the Air by Shane Peacock
  • Grim Hill: The Secret Deepens by Linda DeMeulemeester
  • Jolted, Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade
  • Libertad by Alma Fullerton
  • The Mealworm Diaries by Anna Kerz
  • The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean
  • The Odds Get Even by Natale Ghent
  • When the Sergeant Came Marching Home by Don Lemna
  • White Cave Escape by Jennifer McGrath Kent
  • Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

Red Maple Nominees (grade 7 and 8 age children):

  • After by Hazel Hutchins
  • Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat
  • Leaving Fletchville by René Schmidt
  • Lunch with Lenin and Other Stories by Deborah Ellis
  • Night Runner by Max Turner
  • The Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
  • Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
  • Submarine Outlaw by Philip Roy
  • War Brothers by Sharon E. Mckay
  • Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen

White Pine Nominees (high school):

  • The Book of Michael by Lesley Choyce
  • Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
  • Getting The Girl by Susan Juby
  • Half World by Hiromi Goto
  • The Landing by John Ibbitson
  • Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin
  • The Perfect Cut by Julie Burtinshaw
  • Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
  • The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

“We are looking forward to even more participation this year,” stated Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of the Ontario Library Association. “The program is all about kids enjoying reading without any other obligations – aside from voting which the readers love doing.”

The Festival of Trees™ will be taking place this year on May 12-13, 2010 at the Harbourfront Centre for its fourth consecutive year. The Forest of Reading is comprised of five programs for children and two for adults and encourages people of all ages in their love of reading. The six children’s choice award programs (run by the Ontario Library Association) involve Ontario students reading at least five books in their grade grouping and then voting for their favourites. Schools purchase the set of books and readers have an official voting day on April 23rd. A committee of public librarians and teacher-librarians chooses the short lists across the province. The Forest of Reading Festival of Trees was created to promote recreational reading among children and young adults.

This Ontario-wide Festival of Trees will present two action-packed days of readings, award ceremonies, workshops, activities, and other exciting entertainment. This year, The Forest of Reading has seven fully operational programs, which are voted on by children, young adults and adults from across the province. More than 230, 000 readers participate each year. For the first time, the 2010 Festival will also include Le Prix Tamarack™.

About the Ontario Library Association

The Ontario Library Association provides programs, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members in academic, public and school libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programs and services of the libraries of Ontario.

For more information:

Meredith Tutching
Program Co-ordinator
Ontario Library Association
Phone: 416-363-3388 ext. 22

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