The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program with over 270,000 readers taking part every year. Its mission is to instill the love of reading across Canada. Explore our Forest of Reading online adventure, author events, book talks and so much more!
online reading adventureLet's Explore the Forest of Reading
Kindergarten to Adult
Join the club at waterloo.readsquared.com
Explore all the nominated titles in your age category/interest level with activities, videos and challenges. The more missions you complete, the more chances you have to win. Fun to do by yourself, with your family or with your class.
This program is offered jointly by the four library systems of Waterloo Region.
Author eventsMeet Author Christina Kilbourne
Grades 6 and up
Wednesday, April 7
12:00pm to 12:45pm
Join in this fun virtual conversation with Red Maple nominated author, Christina Kilbourne. In the book, Safe Harbour, fourteen-year-old Harbour is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of canned tuna, and an unconventional reading list. She's not homeless, she tells herself. She's merely waiting for her home -- a thirty-six-foot sailboat -- to arrive with her father at the helm. But when sumer turns into fall, Harbour must face reality and accept help if she is to survive on the streets.
Meet Author Terry Lynn Johnson
Grades 3 and up
Thursday, April 29
9:30am to 10:15am
Terry Lynn Johnson is the author of the Silver Birch nominated book Dog Driven, a riveting adventure about a musher who sets out to prove her impaired vision won't hold her back from competing in a rigorous sled race through the Canadian wilderness. Terry Lynn is an engaging speaker and will share some writing tips, fun stories about her dogs, and answer your questions about writing and dog sledding.
Learn more about the 2021 Silver Birch Fiction and Red Maple Award Nominees with these great book talks from WPL staff. These book talks are designed to get kids excited about reading these titles and to encourage them to vote for their favourite books at the end of March.
Silver Birch Fiction Book Talks
Books in the Silver Birch Fiction category are for ages 8-12 or grades 3-6.
Red Maple Award Book Talks
Books in the Red Maple category are for ages 12-14 or grades 7-8.