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TORONTO, January 14, 2014 ----- Be the first to purchase tickets today to the Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™. As Canada’s largest children’s literary festival, this annual event, held in Toronto, draws more than 8,000 young readers for two fun-filled days of award ceremonies, the IFOA-programmed ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, workshops, activities and other exciting entertainment all in celebration of Forest of Reading®.

On May 14 and 15, programme partners the Ontario Library Association and IFOA celebrate seven years of the event taking place at the Harbourfront Centre site. Each Forest of Reading® award programme will receive a dedicated ceremony announcing the year’s winner and will be supplemented by activities throughout the day. The Festival of Trees™ includes the following award ceremonies: the Blue Spruce™ Award (Kindergarten–Grade 2), Silver Birch® Express Award (Grade 3–4), Silver Birch® Fiction Award (Grade 3–6), Silver Birch® Non-fiction Award (Grade 3–6), Red Maple™ Fiction Award (Grade 7–8), Le Prix Peuplier (French-language, Kindergarten–Grade 2), Le Prix Tamarac (French-language, Grade 4–6), Le Prix Tamarac Express (French-language, Grade 4–6) and the White Pine™ Fiction Award (Grade 9–12).

Students across Ontario are now in the midst of reading the nominated works and will cast votes for their favourite titles in April.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Silver Birch® programme. For the past 20 years, the Forest of Reading®’s Silver Birch® programme has taught children, through adventurous fiction and informative non-fiction titles, to read for the fun of it. To date, approximately 40 authors have won the Silver Birch® Award.

Tickets to Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ are $15 each (including HST). For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit

Young readers in and around London, Ottawa and Thunder Bay will also have an opportunity to attend Festival of Trees™ events in their communities. Tickets are now available for Thunder Bay Festival of Trees™ (May 9), London Festival of Trees™ (May 12) and Ottawa Festival of Trees™ (May 16). Tickets for these events can be purchased by visiting the Ontario Library Association’s website:


Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 21 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 23 to November 2, 2014), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario, and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 14–15, 2014).

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with nearly 5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free and equitable access to information. Their members research, develop and participate in educational programmes designed to provide exemplary library services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the Forest of Read­ing® programme.


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