Monday, 15 October 2012

Forest of Reading® 2013 Nominees: Blue Spruce and Silver Birch

Today, the Ontario Library Association announced the nominated titles for the 2012-2013 Forest of Reading® readers' choice awards. This popular literacy program is designed to cultivate a love of reading for people of all ages, from JK to adult.  For those of us who love reading, it's a great opportunity to focus on new Canadian literature.  For those of us who teach, we know that...
...a print-rich environment leads to more reading and free voluntary reading is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary growth, spelling and grammatical ability and writing style  (Michele Lonsdale, Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: A Review of the Research: Report for the Australian School Libraries Association, 2003)
The Forest of Reading® already connects over 250,000 readers across Ontario and beyond.  Ask your school library or public library about the Forest of Reading®.  If they're registered, great!  If they're not, ask them, "Why not?"

In a series of three posts, I'll list the nominees for the following programs that were announced today:
  • Blue Spruce™: K to Grade 2 reading level
  • Silver Birch® Express: Grades 3-4 reading level
  • Silver Birch® Fiction: Grades 5-6 reading level
  • Silver Birch® Non-fiction: Grades 5-6 reading level
  • Red Maple™ Fiction: Grades 7-8 reading level
  • Red Maple™ Non-fiction: Grade 7-8 reading level
  • White Pine™ Fiction: Grades 9-12 reading level
  • Golden Oak™: Adult learners
  • Le Prix Tamarac: les titres en français
  • Le Prix Tamarac Express: les titres en français
  • Le Prix Peuplier: les albums français

The Busy Beaver
by Nicholas Oldland
Kids Can Press


Don't Laugh at Giraffe
by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press

Ella May and the Wishing Stone
by Cary Fagan
lllustrated by Geneviève Côté
Tundra Books

Here Comes Hortense!
by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Georgia Graham
Tundra Books

JoJo the Giant
by Jane Barclay
Illustrated by Esperança Melo
Tundra Books

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

by Ashley Spires
Kids Can Press

Really and Truly
by Émilie Rivard
Illustrated byAnne-Claire Delisle
OwlKids Books

by Kevin Sylvester
Tundra Books

You Are Stardust
by Elin Kelsey
Illustrated by Soyeon Kim
OwlKids Books

Dalen & Gole: Scandal in Port Angus
by Mike Deas

I Owe You One
by Natalie Hyde

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

The Matatu
by Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eva Campbell

The Paper House
by Lois Peterson

by Susan Vande Griek
Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

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


Who Needs a Swamp?
by Karen Patkau
Tundra Books

In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Tundra Books

Ankylosaur Attack: Tales of Prehistoric Life
by Daniel Loxton
Illustrated by Daniel Loxton and Jim W.W. Smith
Inhabit Media Inc.

Cat Found
by Ingrid Lee
Chicken House/Scholastic

The Dead Kid Detective Agency
by Evan Munday
ECW Press

Dragon Seer's Gift
by Janet McNaughton

The Grave Robber's Apprentice
by Allan Stratton

Making Bombs For Hitler
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Scholastic Canada

The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Wendy Lamb Books/Random House

by Becky Citra

Neil Flambé and the Crusader's Curse
by Kevin Sylvester
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

Sinking Deeper Or My Heroic Decision to Invent a Sea Monster
by Steve Vernon

A Tinfoil Sky
by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Tundra 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

Duped! True Stories of the World's Best Swindlers
by Andreas Schroeder
Illustrated by Rémy Simard
Annick Press

Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal of Corry Lapont
by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
Kids Can Press

Explorers Who Made It … or Died Trying
by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Bill Dickson
Scholastic Canada

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

Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar
by Wendy Kitts

The Shadows that Rush Past: A Collection of Frightening Inuit Folktales
by Rachel A. Qitsualik
Illustrated by Emily Fiegenschuh and Larry MacDougall
Inhabit Media Inc.

Shannen and the Dream for a School
by Janet Wilson
Second Story Press

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis
by Kathy Kacer
Second Story Press

Remaining nominees are listed here:
 Red Maple, White Pine and Golden Oak

Le Prix Tamarac and Le Prix Peuplier

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