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Programs & Lists

​Programs & Lists

 Forest of Reading

ForestofReadingLogo.jpgThe Forest of Reading program is a program for readers of all ages!  This program which features a selection of Canadian authors is sponsored by the Ontario Library Association and runs throughout Ontario’s libraries.  Students read books from a set of nominated titles and then vote on the book that they liked the best!  Students all across Ontario read and vote on the same list of books.

Students from K-3 are part of the Blue Spruce reading program, students in grades 3 and 4 are part of the Silver Birch Express reading program, students in grades 5 and 6 participate in the Silver Birch reading program and students in grades 7 and 8 participate in the Red Maple reading program.  Students in grade 9-12 are represented with the White Pine reading program.

Check out the official Forest of Reading site for information and booklists.

 Battle of the Books

​The Battle of the Books is a fabulous partnership between public libraries and schools in Durham Region!  This program is for junior and intermediate students.  Oshawa Public Library offers a White Pine Battle of the Books for secondary school students. School teams read approximately 40 books on a Battle list and then compete with other Durham schools to answer questions about the books. Get motivated; get a team together and match wits with some of the best readers in town or even across the Durham Region!

Booklists and sample questions can be found on the official Battle of the Books site.

 If You Like ...

​Did you finish your favourite book and want to read more just like it?  Check out Scholastic Kids.  Maybe you will find a new author in your favourite genre! BookSeer is a website which will search for other books in a genre.  Just type in the book and author you like and you will be given options of similar books to try and enjoy!

Book Wink offers video booktalks and podcasts to connect grade 3 - 8 students with exciting literature.  You can look for books by subject, grade level, author and title.

Use Shelfari to create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, connect with friends and learn more about your favourite books.

Have you read a good book that will become a movie?  Sometimes you watch a movie and want to read the book. Check out Kids Reads or Teen Reads for information of books that have become movies.


 Award Winning Booklists

​Looking for a good book to read?  Try these sites for ideas of authors, grade levels and titles that you might enjoy.

Giggle Poetry - Sometimes it's fun to read poetry.  This website has hundreds of poems to read that will entertain and sure to make you giggle!

Governor General Literacy Awards - Each year the finest in Canadian literature is announced.  Check out the best in Canadian books.

Hedgehog Books - This is a site designed to give paents tips on how to read aloud to your child as well as providing recommendations for great read aloud books.

Read Kiddo - ReadKiddo is a user friendly website which offers quick and smart recommendations on books for kids and teens.

Reading is Fundamental - This site provides booklists from early literacy to multicultural books to young adult.