2020 Forest of Reading: The Blue Spruce™

The Blue Spruce Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children in kindergarten to Grade 2. It is part of the Forest of Reading, an annual initiative of the Ontario Library Association.

Check out the 2022 nominees here.

Winners

That's Not Hockey

Poulin, Andrée

Young Jacques Plante loves hockey so much that he uses home-made equipment to play as much hockey as he can.

Shortlist

Giraffe and Bird Together Again

Bender, Rebecca

Adventurous Bird loves to try new things and visit new places. His friend Giraffe prefers his safe routine. But when Bird disappears, Giraffe braves a long and difficult journey to save his friend.

The Magic Boat

Pearson, Kit

While visiting the beach, Ellie meets a new friend and enjoys some amazing adventures in an old blue boat that has been abandoned in the sand.

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

Larsen, Andrew

All summer long, they toss and launch, throw and catch. Little do they know, though, just as their friendship is growing, something is also blooming in the empty lot.

Mustafa

Gay, Marie-Louise

After leaving his war-torn country with his family, Mustafa visits a park near his new home and finds beautiful flowers, lady bugs, fall leaves, and finally, a friend.

A Plan for Pops

Smith, Heather

In this illustrated picture book, a child helps their grandparents deal with a difficult change in abilities.

The Reptile Club

Fergus, Maureen

Rory starts the Reptile Club at school, and is astonished to see that it's not his schoolmates who attend the first meeting.

Sleep, Sheep!

Sparrow, Kerry Lyn

The only thing Duncan does not like to do at bedtime is go to sleep, and he knows all the tricks for avoiding it.

Sloth at the Zoom

Becker, Helaine

Sloth is a sloooooow creature. She's supposed to be going to the Zzzzzoo, but is mistakenly delivered to the ZOOM!

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Forest of Reading – The Blue Spruce Award

The Blue Spruce Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children in kindergarten to Grade 2. It is part of the Forest of Reading, an annual initiative of the Ontario Library Association.

Check out the 2022 nominees here.

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