The program consists of eight award programs distinguished by age group and reading level. The Silver Birch is for children in grades 4, 5 & 6. Over 270,000 readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres, and at home.
There are 10 nominated titles for the 2018 Silver Birch Award. Committees of library practitioners selected the nominated titles and now kids who read a certain number of titles will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite books in April. The winners of the 2018 program will be announced and awarded live at the Festival of Trees in May, where the readers and participants of the Forest of Reading are invited to celebrate reading and writing with the nominees.
This program is the largest recreational reading program in Canada and we are very proud of this accomplishment. Here is a quote from Kenneth Oppel, author of The Nest, regarding the value of the nomination.
“Over the course of my career, I can truly say that the Forest of Reading programs have done more to help my books reach an audience than any other initiative. For young readers, these awards kindle and nurture a love of reading, teach the kids analytical skills as they weight and debate the merits of each shortlisted title, and ultimately empower them as they vote for the winning books each year. As a writer I’ve never seen so many kids, so excited about books…These are invaluable programs for creating new generations of readers.”
Please join me in congratulating Alex, it’s an honour most well-deserved!