About The Event

Do you love to read? Are you ready to make some noise for books? Do you want to meet your favourite authors and illustrators? Have you ever been to a “rock concert” for reading? This is your chance – be part of the largest literary event for young readers in Canada, the Festival of Trees!

What You Can Do At The Festival?

  • Attend Award Ceremonies for the Forest of Reading®
  • Get involved in Author/Illustrator Workshops
  • Have Nominees sign your favourite Forest book!
  • Take part in exciting activities and games
  • Get excited for roving entertainment and vendors
  • Win free prizes and books!
  • Meet fellow young readers!
  • Buy Forest of Reading books and merchandise

To read more about other activities happening at the Festival, visit the Schedule webpage.

Where Is The Festival?

All Festivals take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In 2019, the Festival of Trees will be held in the following cities:

  • Waterloo Region on May 8 (authors from Silver Birch & Red Maple)
    •  The Aud (400 East Avenue, Kitchener, ON)
  • London on May 10 (authors from Silver Birch & Red Maple)
    • Metroland Media Agriplex, Western Fair District (845 Florence St., London, ON)
  • Toronto (English) on May 14 and 15
    • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON)
    • Blue Spruce, Red Maple, Silver Birch, and White Pine programs
  • Toronto (Français) on May 16
    • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON)
    • Le Prix Peuplier, Le Prix Tamarac, and Le Prix Tamarac Express programs

About The Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. It culminates in a two-day awards celebration for the school-aged and French-language programs of the Forest of Reading in Toronto, with satellite Festivals taking place across Ontario. Over 12,000 people attend the Festival in Toronto, which is co-presented by Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), at the Harbourfront Centre.

In 2012, the OLA began its Festival expansion and now each year satellite locations are put on in additional cities. Satellite Festivals have been held in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Parry Sound, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener and London. The first French Festival of Trees was also held in 2014 in Toronto. It is the first and only French literary festival of its kind in Canada.

About The Forest of Reading

Forest of Reading Logo - LongThe Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program – more than 270,000 readers participate every year individually, or at their school or public libraryThis initiative offers seven reading programs  for all ages, and each program consists of popular Canadian fiction and non-fiction titlesIt is a Canada-wide program that was launched by the Ontario Library Association, but it is intended for readers across the country and those in Canadian international schoolsThe Forest occupies a major place of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape and encourages a love of reading in people of all ages.

View the Forest of Reading nominated lists.

Visit the Forest of Reading website for more information.