The Forest of Reading is an annual contest for books for young readers. The Ontario Library Association nominates the books in differing age categories, plus an additional category for nonfiction Then children from participating schools across the province (which is almost all the schools) read the books and vote for who they want to win. Just being nominated guarantees your book gains a wide readership. But winning – knowing kids across the province picked your book as they very best –that's cool.
This year, a special shoutout and congratulations to Tanaz Bhathena whose young adult novel, Hunted by the Sky, won the White Pine Award, and to Kira Vermond and illustrator Clayton Hanmer whose nonfiction book Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular, won the Yellow Cedar Award.
Many Quick Brown Fox readers will know Tanaz and Kira from their appearances at my one-day workshops and weekly classes. So, Yay! to Tanaz and Kira –these awards are well-earned! ~Brian
P.S. Trending is available from OwlKids here. See details of all four of Kira’s four books with OwlKids here. and see details of Kira's most recent book, Why Does My Shadow Follow Me at Annick Press here.