Thursday 17 October 2019

Blue Spruce and Silver Birch: 2020 Forest of Reading® Nominated Titles

Here are the lists of this year's nominated titles for the 2020 Blue Spruce™, Silver Birch Express® and Silver Birch Fiction® Awards of the Forest of Reading. (Note: Silver Birch Non-fiction nominees are now part of the new Yellow Cedar Award.)

(A full description of all programs is available at


Emma’s Gems
Written by Anne Renaud and Leanne Franson
Illustrated by Leanne Franson
Peanut Butter Press

Giraffe and Bird Together Again
Written and illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Pajama Press
Reviewed here


Magic Boat
Written by Katherine Farris and Kit Pearson
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Orca Book Publisher

Me, Toma and The Concrete Garden
Written by Andrew Larsen
Illustrated by Anne Villeneuve
Kids Can Press
Reviewed here

Written by Marie-Louise Gay
Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books

A Plan for Pops
Written by Heather Smith
Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
Orca Book Publishers

The Reptile Club
Written by Maureen Fergus
Illustrated by Elina Ellis
Kids Can Press
Reviewed here

Sleep, Sheep!
Written by Kerry Lyn Sparrow
Illustrated by Guillaume Perreault
Kids Can Press
Reviewed here

Sloth at the Zoom
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Orbie
Kids Can Press

That’s Not Hockey
Written by Andrée Poulin
Illustrated by Félix Girard
Annick Press


Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
Henry Holt & Company

Dragons in a Bag
Written by Zetta Elliot
Illustrated by Geneva B

Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photograph That Changed the World
Written by James Gladstone
Illustrated by Christy Lundy
Owlkids Books

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
Written by Wab Kinew
Illustrated by Joe Morse
Tundra Books
Reviewed here

Light a Candle: Tumaini Pasipo Na Tumaini
Written by Godfrey Knongolo and Eric Walters
Illustrated by Eva Campbell
Orca Book Publishers

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein
Written By Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà
Tundra Books

Meet Tom Longboat: Scholastic Canada Biography
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrated by Mike Deas
Scholastic Canada
Reviewed here

Written by Anna Humphrey
Illustrated by Kass Reich
Tundra Books

The Mushroom Fan Club
Written by Elise Gravel
Illustrated by Elise Gravel
Drawn & Quarterly

Wicked Nix
Written by Lena Coakley
Illustrated by Jaime Zollars
HarperCollins Canada
Reviewed here


Cross Ups 02: Anyone’s Game
Written by Sylv Chiang
Illustrated by Connie Choi
Annick Press

Written by Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
HarperCollins Canada
Reviewed here

My Life As a Diamond
Written by Jenny Manzer
Orca Book Publishers

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane
Written by Julia Nobel

Written by Philippa Dowding

Orange for the Sunsets
Written by Tina Athaide
Katherine Tegen Books

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
Written by Kelley Armstrong
Puffin Canada

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Canada

Wings of Olympus
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Fiona Hsieh
HarperCollins Publishers
Reviewed here

Winnie’s Great War
Written by Linsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
HarperCollins Canada


Nominees for the other programs can be linked from below:

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