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The Forest of Reading needs volunteers to make these programs a success. Being a part of one of the committees is an exciting opportunity that you can thoroughly enjoy.

Volunteering Opportunities:

  • 2024 Forest of Reading Festival Volunteer
  • Selection Committee: The volunteers that select the books for the nominated lists.
  • Steering Committee: The volunteers that work with the nominees, publishers and Forest of Reading staff once the lists are nominated.
  • Festival Volunteer: The volunteers that work with Forest staff to successfully put on the Festivals in Toronto, other satellite locations and virtually.
  • Kid Committees: Readers in the Forest select a recommended summer reading list for those in Grades 4 to 8 (accepting applications in late March)
  • Teen Committee: Readers in the Forest select a summer recommended reading list for those in high school (accepting applications in late March)

Note: All people applying to volunteer must be OLA members, with the exception of Festival Volunteers and Kid and Teen Committee members. All those wishing to be on the Selection Committee must be library professionals (such as librarians, library technicians, teachers, teacher-librarians, etc.) or have book-selecting experience.

Programs for Kids

Program Name Age/Grade Range Book Type/Language
Blue Spruce Award Logo Blue Spruce Award™ ages 4-7, JK–Grade 2 English, picture books
Silver Birch Express Award Logo Silver Birch Express Award® ages 8-10, Grades 3–4 English, fiction / non-fiction
Silver Birch Fiction Award Logo Silver Birch Fiction Award® ages 8-12, Grades 3–6 English, fiction
Yellow Cedar Award Logo Yellow Cedar Award ages 9-14, Grades 4–8 English, non-fiction
Red Maple Award Logo Red Maple Award™ ages 12-14, Grades 7–8 English, fiction
White Pine Award Logo White Pine Award™ high school, Grades 9–12 English, fiction
Le prix Peuplier Award Logo Le prix Peuplier Varies French, picture books
Le prix Meleze Award Logo Le prix Mélèze Varies French, shorter chapter books or mature picture books (maximum 100 pages)
Le prix Tamarac Award Logo Le prix Tamarac Varies French, chapter books (100-250 pages)

Programs for Adults

Program Name Age/Grade Range Book Type/Language
Evergreen Award Logo Evergreen Award™ Adults of any age English, fiction / non-fiction