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Reading Programs
​​Forest of Reading
Blue Spruce
(JK - Grade 2 picture books)
The Blue Spruce™ Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (junior kindergarten to grade two). For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures.
Click here for the 2018 Blue Spruce Nominees
Silver Birch / Silver Birch Express
(Grades 3-6 fiction, non-fiction)
The Silver Birch® Award is comprised of three separate lists: Fiction, Non-fiction and Express. Our Express list is made up of both Fiction and Non-Fiction titles, and is geared to the beginning and/or more reluctant reader. The Silver Birch® program is meant for readers aged 8 to 12, (grades 3-6,) with the Express list (see below) typically suited to readers in grade 3 and 4.
Click here for the 2018 Silver Birch Express Nominees
Click here for the 2018 Silver Birch Fiction Nominees
Click here for the 2018 Silver Birch Non-fiction Nominees
Red Maple
(Grades 7-8 fiction, non-fiction every other year)
The Red Maple™ Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program includes a Fiction list every year and every other year Red Maple also offers a Non-Fiction list. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading.
Click here for the 2018 Red Maple Fiction Nominees