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The 2024 Forest of Reading nominees are revealed

The Ontario Library Association has announced the nominees for the 2024 Forest of Reading.

The 10 nominees in the Blue Spruce category (JK–Grade 2) include Cocoa Magic (Pajama Press) by Sandra Bradley and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, and My Name Is Saajin Singh (Annick Press) by Kuljinder Kaur Brar and illustrated by Samrath Kaur.

In the Silver Birch Express category (Grades 3–4), Nancy Vo is nominated for Boobies (Groundwood Books), as are Peggy Janicki and Carrielynn Victor for The Secret Pocket (Orca Book Publishers).

For the Yellow Cedar (Grades 5–8), which is the non-fiction category, the 10 nominees touch on a variety of topics, from volcanoes in Mountain of Fire: Into the Heart of Volcanoes (Orca Book Publishers) by Julie Roberge and illustrated by Aless MC with translation by Charles Simard, to seaweed in The Science and Superpowers of Seaweed: A Guide for Kids (Harbour Publishing) by Amanda Swinimer.

The Red Maple category (Grades 7–8) includes Lawrence Hill’s Beatrice and Croc Harry (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.), Cherie Dimaline’s Into the Bright Open: A Secret Garden Remix (Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends), and Erin Bow’s Simon Sort of Says (Scholastic Canada Ltd.).

The nominees for the White Pine category (Grades 9–12), include Tanaz Bhathena’s Of Light and Shadow (Penguin Teen Canada) and Jen Ferguson’s Those Pink Mountain Nights (Feiwel & Friends).

The full 2024 Forest of Reading nominees are listed at forestofreading.com.