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Silver Birch Award
Ontario Library Association
Contact Info:Ontario Library Association2 Toronto Street, 3rd FloorToronto, ON M5C 2B6Email
Established in 1994, the Silver Birch Award is part of a reading program developed by the Ontario Library Associationâ€™s Libraries Advance Ontario Project. Originally the program was for Ontario children in grades 4, 5 and 6. However, in 2007 the Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Award were realigned and the Grade category for the Silver Birch expanded to include Grade 3 students. In order to appeal to all of the readers from Grades 3 to 6, a third list was created, the Silver Birch Express. This list is a combination of fiction and non-fiction aimed at the Grade 3-4 reading level. Registered classes or groups read at least five books from the Official Selections lists of recent Canadian childrenâ€™s fiction and non-fiction titles. Students cast their votes in the Spring. A non-fiction category was added in 1996. Winners are announced and honoured at an awards ceremony which program participants are invited to attend. The official sponsor of the Silver Birch Award reading program is Tinlids Inc.
|2014||Express||Rebecca Upjohn, The Secret of the Village Fool. Illustrated by RennĂ© Benoit. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2012.|
|2014||Fiction||Robin Stevenson, Record Breaker. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2013.|
|2014||Non-Fiction||Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2012.|
|2013||Express||Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen, Margaret and the Moth Tree. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.|
|2013||Fiction||Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Making Bombs for Hitler. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2012.|
|2013||Non-Fiction||Rob Laidlaw, No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2011.|
|2012||Express||Jan Andrews, When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean. Illustrated by DuĹˇan PetriÄŤiÄ‡. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011.|
|2012||Fiction||David Skuy, Undergrounders. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2011.|
|2012||Non-Fiction||Catherine Rondina, Don't Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You. Illustrated by Kevin Sylvester. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2010.|
|2011||Express||Ashley Spires, Binky the Space Cat. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.|
|2011||Fiction||Kevin Sylvester, Neil FlambĂ© and the Marco Polo Murders. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2010.|
|2011||Non-Fiction||Valerie Wyatt, How to Build Your Own Country. Illustrated by Fred Rix. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.|
|2010||Express||Cyndi Sand-Eveland, Dear Toni. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2008.|
|2010||Fiction||Robert Paul Weston , Zorgamazoo. New York: Razorbill, 2008.|
|2010||Non-Fiction||Larry Verstraete , At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2009.|
|2009||Express||Alan Cumyn, Dear Sylvia. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2008.|
|2009||Fiction||Mahtab Narsimhan, The Third Eye. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2007.|
|2009||Non-Fiction||Kevin Sylvester, Gold Medal for Weird. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007.|
|2008||Express||Dan Bar-el, Things are Looking Grimm, Jill. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2006.|
|2008||Fiction||Linda DeMeulemeester, The Secret of Grim Hill. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2007.|
|2008||Non-Fiction||Helaine Becker, Secret Agent Y.O.U: The Official Guide to Secret Codes, Disguises, Surveillance and More. Illustrated by Dave Whamond. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2006.|
|2007||Express||Nancy Shouse, Any Pet Will Do. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2005.|
|2007||Fiction||L.M. Falcone, Walking with the Dead. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.|
|2007||Non-Fiction||Kathy Kacer, Hiding Edith. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2006.|
|2006||Fiction||Edo van Belkom, Wolf Pack. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.|
|2006||Non-Fiction||Helaine Becker, Boredom Blasters: Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Cool Comics, Tasty Treats, and Moreâ€¦ Illustrated by Claudia DĂˇvila. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2004.|
|2005||Fiction||Sharon Stewart, Raven Quest. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.|
|2005||Non-Fiction||Marg Meikle, Ask Me Anything!: Strange But True Answers to 99 Wacky Questions. Illustrated by Tina Holdcroft. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2004.|
|2004||Fiction||Michael McGowan, Newton and the Giant. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2003.|
|2004||Non-Fiction||Larry Verstraete, Survivors! True Death-Defying Escapes. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.|
|2003||Fiction||Eric Walters, Camp X. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada, 2002.|
|2003||Non-Fiction||Karen Levine, Hanaâ€™s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.|
|2002||Fiction||Virginia Frances Schwartz, If I Just Had Two Wings. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.|
|2002||Non-Fiction||Lyn Thomas, Ha! Ha! Ha! 1000+ Jokes, Riddles, Facts, and More. Illustrated by Diane Eastman. Toronto: Maple Tree Press/Owl Books, 2001.|
|2001||Fiction||Bill Richardson, After Hamelin. Toronto: Annick Press, 2000|
|2001||Non-Fiction||Linda Bailey, Adventures in the Middle Ages. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.|
|2000||Fiction||Kathy Kacer, The Secret of Gabiâ€™s Dresser. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1999.|
|2000||Non-Fiction||Sheree Fitch, If You Could Wear My Sneakers! Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1997.|
|1999||Fiction||Eric Walters, Trapped In Ice. Toronto: Penguin, 1997.|
|1999||Non-Fiction||Marg Meikle, Funny You Should Ask. Illustrated by Tina Holdcroft. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.|
|1998||Fiction||Kenneth Oppel, Silverwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.|
|1998||Non-Fiction||Hugh Brewster, Anastasia's Album. Toronto: Madison Press/Penguin Books Canada, 1996.|
|1997||Fiction||Eric Walters, Stars. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing 1996.|
|1997||Non-Fiction||Shelley Tanaka, On Board the Titanic. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1996.|
|1996||Fiction||Sylvia McNicoll, Bringing Up Beauty. Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994.|
|1996||Non-Fiction||Annouchka Gravel Galouchko, Sho and the Demons of the Deep. Illustrated by Ken Marschall. Toronto: Annick Press, 1995.|
|1995||Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, Polar, the Titanic Bear. Illustrated by Laurie McGaw. Toronto: Little, Brown and Co., 1994.|
|1994||Carol Matas, Danielâ€™s Story. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1993.|