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TORONTO, May 16, 2014 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and IFOA are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Forest of Reading® Awards. This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 14 and 15. The highly anticipated two-day festival consisted of award ceremonies, book signings, readings, workshops and other interactive entertainment honouring the shared experience of reading. The OLA and IFOA excitedly welcomed over 8,000 young people to the site.

The winners are:

2014 Blue Spruce™ Award Winner
Dave Whamond – Oddrey

2014 Silver Birch® Express Award Winner
Rebecca Upjohn and Renné Benoit – The Secret of the Village Fool

2014 Silver Birch® Fiction Award Winner
Robin Stevenson – Record Breaker

2014 Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award Winner
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch – One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way

2014 Red Maple™ Fiction Award Winner
Susin Nielsen – The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

2014 White Pine™ Fiction Award Winner
Lisa Harrington – Live to Tell

2014 White Pine™ Non-Fiction Award Winner
Lise Dion & Liedewij Hawke – The Secret of the Blue Trunk

Lauréat du Prix Tamarac 2014
Maryse Peyskens – Une fille à l’école des gars

Lauréat du Prix Tamarac Express 2014
Raymond Parent – Attention, j’arrive! (BiBop)

Lauréat du Prix Peuplier 2014
Céline Malépart – Une mouche, un chat et une patate

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


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, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 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–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–May 15, 2014).

Maeve O’Regan:; 416-973-5836
Meghan Gribben:; 416-973-4395

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