forest of reading with hexagons and bees

What is the Forest of Reading?

The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This initiative by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs for all ages, in both English and French. Each program consists of popular fiction and non-fiction titles.

With 270,000 readers taking part every year, this popular program offers readers the opportunity to celebrate Canadian authors and to vote on their favourite books.

The program is broken down into ten categories, each of which is associated with a grade/age range. Participants are encouraged to read these titles and vote for their favourite books.

This year's program with Milton Public Library will run from January 1 - April 30, 2021. The Ontario Library Association will announce the winners in the spring of 2021. 

Learn more about the Forest of Reading® by visiting the OLA website


How Can I Participate?

To participate in the challenge, you will need to make sure you have registered for a Beanstack account. If you or someone in your household participated in a Summer Reading Club or Read Woke Challenge, then you already have one. If not, here is how you can get started:

1. Visit your app store to download the Beanstack Tracker App to your smart phone or device, OR visit https://beinspired.beanstack.org to use the browser version.

2. Register yourself for an account. If more than one person in your household is registering for the reading challenge, create one account for the whole family and add multiple readers. (TIP: make sure you look for Milton Public Library, Ontario. We’re the one with the bee logo).

3. Select your Forest of Reading Challenge(s), based on your grade/age.

4. Complete your reading challenge and vote for your favourite titles in Beanstack.

Double Click on a Badge to Access the Titles in our Catalogue:


Blue Spruce (JK - Gr 2)

Silver Birch Express (Gr 3-4)

Silver Birch Fiction (Gr 3-6)

Yellow Cedar (Gr 4-8)


Red Maple (Gr 7-8)

White Pine (Gr 9-12)

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Evergreen (Forthcoming)

Le Prix Peuplier (JK - Gr 3)


Le Prix Mélèze (Gr 3-6)

Le Prix Tamarac (Gr 6-8)