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Now including ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers and French-language Award Ceremony

TORONTO, April 20, 2010 ----- With only three more days until the official Forest of Reading® voting day (Apr. 23), programme partners the Ontario Library Association and Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) are delighted to announce the line-up for the 4th annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, May 12 to 13, 2010. Taking the top spot as Canada’s largest children’s literary festival, with over 7,000 children in attendance in 2009, Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ presents two fun-filled days of award ceremonies, workshops, activities and other exciting entertainment in celebration of the shared experience of reading.

This series of Ontario-wide children’s choice award programmes includes the following awards:
Blue Spruce Award™ (Kindergarten–Grade 2); Silver Birch Express® (Grade 3–4); Silver Birch Fiction® (Grade 4–6); Silver Birch Non-fiction® (Grade 4–6); Red Maple Fiction Award™ (Grade 7–8); Red Maple Non-fiction Award™ (Grade 7–8); Le Prix Tamarack (French-language, Grade 4–6); and White Pine Award™ (Grade 9–12).

Each Forest of Reading® Award receives a dedicated ceremony announcing the year’s winner and is supplemented by activities throughout the day. Now included in the ticket price for Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, is the AUTHORS-programmed ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers. This year, ALOUD presents events featuring five internationally recognized authors on May 12 and 13. These authors are John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Laurel Croza and Matt James, author and illustrator of I Know Hereappearing on May 12Gitty Daneshvari, author of School of Fear, and Kevin Sylvester, author of Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murdersappearing on May 13.

On May 12, activities complementing the Blue Spruce, Red Maple and White Pine Awards include author workshops by Julie Burtinshaw (“How to Write for the Web”), Anne Laurel Carter (discussing The Shepherd’s Grand-daughter), Susan Juby (“Everyday Life into Extraordinary Writing”), Tim Wynne-Jones (“How to Have a Career as a Liar Without Becoming a Politician”) and Rene Schmidt (“The Art of Spying”); roving entertainment such as magicians and circus performers; tall-ship Kajama boat tours; and music by Cawthra Park Rocks. Other special features of the day include appearances by comedian, YTV and MuchMusic personality Sabrina Jalees, and TVO personalities Mark Sykes and Kara Harun.

On May 13, activities complementing Le Prix Tamarack and the Silver Birch Awards include illustrator workshops by Martha Newbigging (Pharaohs & Foot Soldiers) and Mark Thurman (Alien Invaders); author workshops by Mireille Messier (“Une image vaut mille mots”), Natale Ghent (“Ghosts and Ghost Busting”), Jennifer McGrath Kent (“Survivor-Kid”), and Robert Paul Weston (“Mind Games”); animals and zookeepers from Toronto Metro Zoo; music by the Charles Gordon Senior P.S. Drumming Group; and canoeing on the Harbourfront Centre pond. Other special features of the day include a second appearance by TVO personality Mark Sykes.

S&B Books Ltd. is the official wholesaler of Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™.

All events and activities are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto) and take place between 10am and 2pm. For more information and to purchase tickets the public may visit or call 416-973-4760.


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 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 17 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 20–30, 2010), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 12–13, 2010).

Lindsay Gulin:; 416-973-4395
Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-5836
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