Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Forest of Reading

Hey,

After reading through the piece from the Sault Star, thought I'd do a bit more reading about the Forest of Reading Awards from the Ontario Library Association.

The main page is HERE, which links to all of this years nominees.

As for a little bit of info on the program: There are six different award categories:

BLUE SPRUCE AWARD™
Ages 4 to 8
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 3

SILVER BIRCH AWARDS™
Ages 8 to 11
Grades 4 - 6

RED MAPLE AWARDS™
Ages 11 to 15
Grades 7 - 8

WHITE PINE AWARD™
Grades 9 - 12

EVERGREEN AWARD™
Adult Library Patrons of Any Age

GOLDEN OAK AWARD™
Adult readers

Given the average age of our learners, I looked up a bit more info on the Blue Spruce Award and discovered:

It's a provincial primary reading program which brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to Ontario children ages 4 to 8 in kindergarten through to grade three.

Students peruse 10 nominated Canadian picture books and then vote for their favourite book. Based on student voting across the province, the best picture book is then selected and the author/illustrator is honoured with the Blue Spruce Award™.

The goals of the Blue Spruce Award™ program are:

- to promote reading for enjoyment and information among primary students
- to make students aware of quality Canadian picture books including Canadian authors and illustrators
- to develop the student's skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures
- to provide opportunities for students to discuss the picture books in an authentic manner

More on this specific award HERE.

Louise

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