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Silver Birch Award

Silver Birch Award


Administered By:

Ontario Library Association



Award Status:




Contact Info:

Ontario Library Association
2 Toronto Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2B6

Established in 1994, the Silver Birch Award is part of a reading program developed by the Ontario Library Association’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 children’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.

Award Recipients

Yearsort iconDetailRecipient
2015ExpressCyndi Marko, Let’s Get Cracking! New York: Scholastic Inc., 2014.
2015FictionJonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2014.
2015Non-FictionAnnaleise Carr with Deborah Ellis, Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer. Toronto: James Lorimer, 2014.
2014ExpressRebecca Upjohn, The Secret of the Village Fool. Illustrated by Renné Benoit. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2012.
2014FictionRobin Stevenson, Record Breaker. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2013.
2014Non-FictionMarsha Forchuk Skrypuch, One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2012.
2013ExpressBrit Trogen and Kari Trogen, Margaret and the Moth Tree. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2012.
2013FictionMarsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Making Bombs for Hitler. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2012.
2013Non-FictionRob Laidlaw, No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2011.
2012ExpressJan Andrews, When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean. Illustrated by Dušan Petričić. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011.
2012FictionDavid Skuy, Undergrounders. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2011.
2012Non-FictionCatherine Rondina, Don't Touch That Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You. Illustrated by Kevin Sylvester. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2010.
2011ExpressAshley Spires, Binky the Space Cat. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2011FictionKevin Sylvester, Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2010.
2011Non-FictionValerie Wyatt, How to Build Your Own Country. Illustrated by Fred Rix. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2009.
2010ExpressCyndi Sand-Eveland, Dear Toni. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2008.
2010FictionRobert Paul Weston , Zorgamazoo. New York: Razorbill, 2008.
2010Non-FictionLarry Verstraete , At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2009.
2009ExpressAlan Cumyn, Dear Sylvia. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2008.
2009FictionMahtab Narsimhan, The Third Eye. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2007.
2009Non-FictionKevin Sylvester, Gold Medal for Weird. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007.
2008ExpressDan Bar-el, Things are Looking Grimm, Jill. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2006.
2008FictionLinda DeMeulemeester, The Secret of Grim Hill. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2007.
2008Non-FictionHelaine 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.
2007ExpressNancy Shouse, Any Pet Will Do. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2005.
2007FictionL.M. Falcone, Walking with the Dead. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2007Non-FictionKathy Kacer, Hiding Edith. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2006.
2006FictionEdo van Belkom, Wolf Pack. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2004.
2006Non-FictionHelaine Becker, Boredom Blasters: Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Cool Comics, Tasty Treats, and More… Illustrated by Claudia Dávila. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2004.
2005FictionSharon Stewart, Raven Quest. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.
2005Non-FictionMarg Meikle, Ask Me Anything!: Strange But True Answers to 99 Wacky Questions. Illustrated by Tina Holdcroft. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2004.
2004FictionMichael McGowan, Newton and the Giant. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2003.
2004Non-FictionLarry Verstraete, Survivors! True Death-Defying Escapes. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2003.
2003FictionEric Walters, Camp X. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada, 2002.
2003Non-FictionKaren Levine, Hana’s Suitcase. Toronto: Second Story Press, 2002.
2002FictionVirginia Frances Schwartz, If I Just Had Two Wings. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.
2002Non-FictionLyn Thomas, Ha! Ha! Ha! 1000+ Jokes, Riddles, Facts, and More. Illustrated by Diane Eastman. Toronto: Maple Tree Press/Owl Books, 2001.
2001FictionBill Richardson, After Hamelin. Toronto: Annick Press, 2000
2001Non-FictionLinda Bailey, Adventures in the Middle Ages. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2000.
2000FictionKathy Kacer, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1999.
2000Non-FictionSheree Fitch, If You Could Wear My Sneakers! Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1997.
1999FictionEric Walters, Trapped In Ice. Toronto: Penguin, 1997.
1999Non-FictionMarg Meikle, Funny You Should Ask. Illustrated by Tina Holdcroft. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1998.
1998FictionKenneth Oppel, Silverwing. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
1998Non-FictionHugh Brewster, Anastasia's Album. Toronto: Madison Press/Penguin Books Canada, 1996.
1997FictionEric Walters, Stars. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing 1996.
1997Non-FictionShelley Tanaka, On Board the Titanic. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1996.
1996FictionSylvia McNicoll, Bringing Up Beauty. Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994.
1996Non-FictionAnnouchka 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, Daniel’s Story. Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1993.