Forest of Reading Kid & Teen Committees

Every May, we announce the winners of the Forest of Reading Awards. In 2017 we decided to start a summer reading list that is selected by young people themselves. Every Spring we pull together a group of incredible kids and teens to meet for a day long event to talk about the best books for kids and teens to be reading each summer. The day is moderated by one of our Selection Committee members and fun and exciting guests pop in throughout the day. More information is listed below the current lists.

Check out our summer reading lists below as chosen by our Kid Committee (Silver Birch and Red Maple) and our Teen Committee (White Pine) to keep your readers reading through the summer.

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 Silver Birch

Download the 2024 Kid Committee Summer Reading List for Silver Birch and the Printable Poster 

Red Maple

Download the 2024 Kid Committee Summer Reading List for Red Maple and the Printable Poster 

About the Kid and Teen Committee

  • The Forest of Reading program releases summer reading lists for young people that our Kid/Teen Committees put together every spring. We invite avid readers who are in Grades 4 to 6 and Grades 7 and 8 to join two separate committees and share their opinions on Canadian books for kids and teens.

APPLICATIONS for 2025 OPEN January 1

Meeting Dates: *committee meetings will be held on Zoom.

DEADLINE for applications – April 1st

  • May 6, 2025: Kid Committee – Silver Birch
  • May 7, 2025: Kid Committee – Red Maple
  • May 8, 2025: Teen Committee 

*Note committees will only move forward if there are significant applications for each program.

About the Kid and Teen Committees:

We will bring together two groups of passionate readers to select a list of 10-20 books for other students their age throughout Canada. This group will advocate for their favourite books and work with teachers and library staff to engage in great conversations about Canada’s best new books.

The day runs from 9am-12:30pm virtually (Zoom). Participants will have an amazing day with other avid readers! NOTE: These times could be changed if we have members that are not in Eastern Time Zone.  

For more information, please contact the Director of the Forest of Reading, Meredith Tutching.

Past Summer Reading Lists: