More than 4,000 students and their favourite Canadian authors will fill Brampton's CAA Centre on May 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to celebrate literacy at this year's Forest of Reading Celebration. Students across Ontario who participate in the Forest of Reading Program are encouraged by teacher-librarians to read books by Canadian authors for a variety of categories and vote for their favourites.
"The Forest of Reading Celebration is an incredible annual event that brings together enthusiastic students, educators and volunteers who have a passion for reading. The celebration is the culmination of a year-long focus on reading Canadian literature," says Anna Caravaggio, instructional coordinator (library) for the Peel District School Board. "The event showcases the energy and dedication that Peel students demonstrate towards reading and the strong connection they have to the Canadian authors we are honoring, not to mention the incredible commitment of teachers and teacher-librarians that support the Forest of Reading Program."
Students will learn the results of their votes as the winners of the following programs are announced: Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, Silver Birch Non-Fiction and Red Maple Fiction. The event will also feature a number of renowned Canadian authors including:
- Linwood Barclay – Chase
- James Bow – Canadian Structures and Sustainability
- Michelle Kadarusman – The Theory of Hummingbirds
- Elizabeth MacLeod – Meet Viola Desmond
- Catherine Rondina – Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goalie
- Kevin Sylvester – Basketballogy: Super Cool Facts You Never Knew & The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem
- Lorna Schultz Nicholson – A Time to Run: Stuart & Sam
- Eric Walters – Fourth Dimension & Elephant Secret
The celebration will be hosted by Derek Forgie, a Toronto-based stand-up, sketch comedian and activist. The event will also feature student performances from Earnsclilffe and Ross Drive public schools. Other special performances include Groove Experience with Michelle Hillier and Yamo! Yamo! Greetings from West Africa with Fano Soro.
The Forest of Reading is an annual program run by the Ontario Library Association (OLA), with a focus on connecting students with great books by Canadian authors and getting them involved in their school library. It is the largest recreational reading program to encourage the love of reading for all ages.
The Peel board would like to recognize that this event could not be possible without the generosity of the following sponsors:
- Library Services Centre
- Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
- Saunders Book Company
- Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club
The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 16 at the CAA Centre, located at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. in Brampton.
Anna Caravaggio, instructional coordinator (library), [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2602
Veronica Pang, communications assistant, [email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2098