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TORONTO, May 16, 2012 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are delighted to announce the winners of the 2012 Forest of Reading® Awards. This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 15 and 16, during which the winners were announced. The festival featured two fun-filled days of award ceremonies, readings, workshops, book signings, and other exciting entertainment celebrating the love of reading. The Festival of Trees™, Canada’s largest children’s literary event, welcomes more than 8,000 readers annually.

The winners are:

Blue Spruce™ Award (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
Rebecca Bender – Giraffe and Bird

Silver Birch® Express Award (Grade 3–4)
Jan Andrews and Dušan Petricic – When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean

Silver Birch® Fiction Award (Grade 4–6)
David Skuy – Undergrounders

Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award (Grade 4–6)
Catherine Rondina and Kevin Sylvester – Don’t Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You

Red Maple™ Award (Grade 7–8)
Kenneth Oppel – Half Brother

White Pine™ Fiction Award (Grade 9–12)
Kelley Armstrong – The Gathering

White Pine™ Non-Fiction Award (Grade 9–12)
Neil Pasricha – The Book of Awesome

Le Prix Tamarac (Grade 4–6; French-language)
Sylvie Marcoux – Secrets de Famille

Le Prix Tamarac Express (Grade 4–6; French-language)
Karine Gottot and Maxim Cyr – Les Dragouilles: Les Rouges de Tokyo

For author bios, book synopses and additional finalist names please refer to


Jennifer Asselin 416-973-4395 or Jovana Jankovic 416-973-5836;

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) creates programmes, advocacy, and promotion for its more than 5,000 members who work in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and public libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information, and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programmes and services of the libraries of Ontario.

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 7,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 19 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012).

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