May 17, 2013

2013 Forest of Reading winners announced at Festival of Trees

Of course, the winners of the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading's book awards are listed on my CanLit for LittleCanadians: Awards page, but the news is too big not to share it on my main page.  It's just too fantastic!

After two glorious days of great weather, words and winning, young readers in Ontario learned the results of their reading and voting for the Forest of Reading award programs, a readers' choice award.  On May 15 and May 16, at the Festival of Trees event at Toronto's Harbourfront, young readers celebrated their reading accomplishments, shared the joy of reading great youngCanLit, played games for books, met numerous authors and illustrators, and enthusiastically learned their selections for the favourite books in each program. And authors, illustrators and publishers enjoyed the well-deserved and uproarious cheers and recognition from fans of fantastic youngCanLit.

It's impossible to name all those who made this reading program and the Festival of Trees such a success but I will try.  And, though I've said it before, I'll say it again and again and again,
congratulations to:
• the readers on their amazing selections from exemplary lists of Canadian literature for young people;
• the countless volunteers and OLA staff (Meredith Tutching directing at the helm) who ensure that Ontario young people read the best titles and who help bring the Festival of Trees to fruition (pun intended);
• the authors and illustrators honoured with Forest of Reading nominations;
• the authors and illustrators who enjoyed the undeniable adoration of thousands of reading fans;
• the publishers who are recognizing the importance of publishing and promoting children's and YA literature in Canada; and
• the winners and honourees in each reading program. 

Here are the winners and honour books for each reading program:



Blue Spruce

WINNER
Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story
by Martin Springett
Illustrated by Isobel Springett
Puffin Canada/Pengiun Group



HONOUR BOOKS

Splinters
by Kevin Sylvester
Tundra Books
 




 
 
Don't Laugh at Giraffe
by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press
  









Silver Birch EXPRESS

   WINNER
Margaret and the Moth Tree
by Brit Trogen & Kari Trogen
Kids Can Press


HONOUR BOOKS

Dalen & Gole: Scandal in Port Angus
by Mike Deas
Orca
  




Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist
by Janice Weaver
Illustrated by Chris Lane
Abrams Books for Young Readers/ABRAMS











Silver Birch FICTION

 WINNER
Making Bombs For Hitler
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada


HONOUR BOOKS

Missing
by Becky Citra
Orca Book Publisher







 
A Tinfoil Sky
by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Tundra Books











Silver Birch NON-FICTION

WINNER



No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs
by Rob Laidlaw
Pajama Press

HONOUR BOOKS


50 Underwear Questions: A Bare-All History
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird
Annick Press 







Case Files: 40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science
by Larry Verstraete
Scholastic Canada








 
Le prix Peuplier

            Lauréat               



Le zoo de Yayaho
par Geneviève Lemieux
Illustré par Bruno St-Aubin
Bayard Canada Livres inc.



                              HONOUR BOOKS                                        

Salto: L'ultime défi
par Pierre Labrie
Illustré par Tristan Demers
Boomerang éditeur jeunesse inc.




 

Prince Olivier et le dragon
par Caroline Merola
Les éditions Imagine












Le Prix Tamarac

                   Lauréat


Le mystère des jumelles Barnes
par Carole Tremblay
Bayard Canada Livres 


HONOUR BOOKS

Hackerboy
par Julie Champagne
Bayard Canada Livres 





Biodôme: Dans le sens du poil
par Frédéric Antoine
Illustré par Yohann Morin
Boomerang éditeur jeunesse











Le Prix Tamarac EXPRESS

                   Lauréat


Billy Stuart: 1. Les Zintrépides
par Alain M. Bergeron
Illustré par Sampar
Éditions Michel Quintin


HONOUR BOOKS

Du soccer extrême
par François Gravel
Illustré par Philippe Germain
Les éditions FouLire inc.





Ziiip Sur Terre!
par Johanne Mercier
Illustré par Gabrielle Grimard
Les éditions FouLire inc.











Red Maple Fiction

WINNER
 
The Vindico
by Wesley King
G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Group


HONOUR BOOKS

This Dark Endeavour
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins
The Vampire Stalker
by Allison Van Diepen
Point/Scholastic










Red Maple Non-Fiction

WINNER

Real Justice: Fourteen And Sentenced To Death
by Bill Swan
James Lorimer & Company


HONOUR BOOKs

Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Pajama Press






Running To Extremes: Ray Zahab's Amazing Ultramarathon Journey
by Steve Pitt with Ray Zahab
Puffin Canada/Penguin Group











White Pine FICTION

WINNER
Dark Inside
by Jeyn Roberts
Simon & Schuster BFYR/Simon & Schuster

HONOUR BOOKS

All Good Children
by Catherine Austen
Orca Book Publishers








Witchlanders
by Lena Coakley
Atheneum Books For Young Readers/Simon & Schuster









                                                                                                                
Thrilling news for all authors, illustrators and publishers!

Enjoyed all the more for being selected 
by young Canadian readers!

Congratulations to everyone!

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