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TORONTO, January 11, 2011 ----- January 12 marks the on-sale date for tickets to Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™. Taking the top spot as Canada’s largest children’s literary festival, this event, held in Toronto annually, draws more than 8,000 students and teachers for two fun-filled days of award ceremonies, the AUTHORS-programmed ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, workshops, activities and other exciting entertainment all in celebration of Forest of Reading, a series of Ontario-wide children’s choice award programmes.

Programme partners the Ontario Library Association and Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) are delighted to host the 4th instalment of the event on the Harbourfront Centre site from May 11 to 12, 2011.
Each Forest of Reading Award will receive a dedicated ceremony announcing the year’s winner and is supplemented by activities throughout the day. The Festival of Trees includes the following award ceremonies for ages 5 to 17: 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); Le Prix Tamarack Express (French-language, Grade 4–6); and White Pine Award™ (Grade 9–12).

Students across Ontario are now in the midst of reading 90 nominated works, and will cast votes for their favourite titles in late April.

Tickets are $13 each. For more information and to purchase tickets the public may visit


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 17 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 19–29, 2011), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 11–12, 2011).

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