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The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program and an initiative of the Ontario Library Association. Designed to encourage a love of reading, the Forest of Reading celebrates Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Ages 4-100 can participate in one or more of the reading challenges for their age category. Oxford County Library is hosting the children, youth, and adult English programs beginning January 10th, 2024. We encourage patrons like you to discover as many of the books as you can in your age category and then vote on your favourite! Ages 4-18 can vote for their favourite with us at our branches or online on our website in April. Adults can vote for their favourite title in September. 

Track Your Reading and Engage with the Books

Join a Beanstack Challenge to track your reading online and gain badges!

Register you and/or your child through Beanstack or download the app*. Sign up for the Forest of Reading challenge for your age group. Log when you read nominated titles and complete activity badges!

*If signing up with the Beanstack App, be sure to choose “School, Library, or Bookstore” when asked to choose an organization type and then choose Oxford County Library.

Vote for Your Favourite

Vote for your favourite books to support and celebrate Canadian authors, illustrators, and publishers, and give them a chance to win a Forest of Reading award! 

Read at least 5 books for your age category and then vote for your favourite: 

Blue Spruce Nominee Voting (JK-Grade 2) - Vote Now

Silver Birch EXPRESS Nominee Voting (Grades 3-4, fiction and non-fiction) - Vote Now

Silver Birch FICTION Nominee Voting (Grades 5-6, fiction) - Vote Now

Yellow Cedar Award Nominee Voting (Grades 5-8, non-fiction) - Vote Now

Red Maple Award Nominee Voting (Grades 7-8, fiction) - Vote Now

White Pine Award Nominee Voting (Grades 9-12, fiction) - Vote Now

Children and Youth can vote for their favourite titles between April 1st until April 30th 

Adults can vote for their favourite titles between September 1st until September 30th

Participants will be able to vote at a ballot box in their local branch or virtually here on our website on an online form. Please submit only one vote per award category.

Oxford County Library patron favourites and the Forest of Reading award winners will be announced in May (children/youth) and October (adults).

Reading Lists

We've put together reading lists for you to easily check out the nominated books by award category. We encourage children, youth, and adults to read as many of the books from their program as possible to vote. Connect with us and share your reading journey on social media! Tag us @OxfordCountyLibrary! Happy reading! ​