Westminster welcomes back the popular Forest of Reading!
The Forest of Reading is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers several reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library.
Student’s at Westminster will participate in one of three programs depending on their age (K-3 Blue Spruce, 4-6 Silver Birch and 7-8 Red Maple). They will be encouraged to read as many books from their category as possible and vote for their favourite books. Philip Roy, the author who visited Westminster last month, has books nominated for these awards as well which is much to the excitement of his fans at WPS!
New this year is Westminster’s own digital extension of the program where students will take part in ‘book talks’ and online reflections using Google Apps. The program will culminate with students participating in a province wide electronic vote for their favourite books and the winning author’s announced sometime in May!
Stay tuned for the great books that your children will be bringing home to read or hear about the books that they are reading with their class which have been nominated for these awards. Ask them which ones they like the best and think should win this prestigious Book Award this year. Maybe their favourite author will win!
Who would have thought that reading could be so exciting...eh!