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

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


by Kevin Sylvester
Tundra Books

Don't Laugh at Giraffe
by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press

Silver Birch EXPRESS

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


Dalen & Gole: Scandal in Port Angus
by Mike Deas

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

Making Bombs For Hitler
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada


by Becky Citra
Orca Book Publisher

A Tinfoil Sky
by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Tundra Books

Silver Birch NON-FICTION


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


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


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


Le mystère des jumelles Barnes
par Carole Tremblay
Bayard Canada Livres 


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


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


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

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


This Dark Endeavour
by Kenneth Oppel
The Vampire Stalker
by Allison Van Diepen

Red Maple Non-Fiction


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


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

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


All Good Children
by Catherine Austen
Orca Book Publishers

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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