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TORONTO, May 13, 2010 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 Forest of Reading® Awards. This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 12 and 13, during which the winners were announced. The festival featured two action-packed days of award ceremonies, readings, workshops, activities and other exciting entertainment surrounding the shared experience of reading. With over 8,000 attendees, the Festival of Trees™ is Canada’s largest children’s literary event.

The winners are:

Blue Spruce™ Award (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
Jeremy TankardBoo Hoo Bird

Silver Birch® Express Award (Grade 3–4)
Cyndi Sand-EvelandDear Toni

Silver Birch® Fiction Award (Grade 4–6)
Robert Paul WestonZorgamazoo

Silver Birch® Non-fiction Award (Grade 4–6)
Larry VerstraeteAt the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times

Red Maple™ Fiction Award (Grade 7–8)
Susin Nielsen Word Nerd

White Pine™ Award (Grade 9–12)
Pam BustinMostly Happy

Le Prix Tamarack (Grade 4–6; French-language)
Sylviane ThibaultHaut les pattes, Twister

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

The OLA offers seven Forest of Reading® programmes that encourage people of all ages in their love of reading. All Ontarians are invited to participate annually via their local public or school library. More than 250,000 readers across Ontario participate each year. The culmination of the programme is an amazing two-day awards event at Harbourfront Centre called the Festival of Trees™, which features five of the seven awards.


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).

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