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TORONTO, May 12, 2011 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 Forest of Reading® Awards. This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 11 and 12, during which the winners were announced. The festival featured two action-packed days of award ceremonies, readings, workshops, book signings, and other exciting entertainment celebrating the love of reading. The Festival of Trees™, Canada’s largest children’s literary event, welcomes more than 8,000 readers annually.

The winners are:

Blue Spruce Award™ (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
Dave Whamond – My Think-A-Ma-Jink

Silver Birch Express Award™ (Grade 3–4)
Ashley Spires – Binky the Space Cat

Silver Birch® Fiction Award (Grade 4–6)
Kevin Sylvester – Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders

Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award (Grade 4–6)
Valerie Wyatt and Fred Rix – How to Build Your Own Country

Red Maple™ Fiction Award (Grade 7–8)
Vicki Grant – Not Suitable for Family Viewing

Red Maple™ Non-Fiction Award (Grade 7–8)
Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland – The Bite of the Mango

White Pine Award™ (Grade 9–12)
Richard Scarsbrook – The Monkeyface Chronicles

Le Prix Tamarack (Grade 4–6; French-language)
Patrice Racine – La Quête du dernier dodo: Les Adventures de Cosmo le Dodo

Le Prix Tamarack Express (Grade 4–6; French-language)
Maxim Cyr and Karine Gottot – Les Dragouilles 2 - Les Bleues de Montréal

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, 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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