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Deep Roots and a Forest of Reading


There is nothing quite so exciting (and hole-in-tongue-inducing) as getting an email that tells you not to mention to anyone that you have received an email with wonderful news! Such was the case when I learned that Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet has been nominated for a Silver Birch Award!!!

deep roots cover

The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest reading program where the winners are selected by the readers. Students (and adults and ESL readers) from across the province of Ontario read titles in 8 different reading programs, vote on their favourites and, at the end of the year, a big reading festival is held where readers and many of the nominated writers gather to celebrate.

It’s a huge honour to be included in the list of nominated titles for the Silver Birch non-fiction prize and I’m thrilled to report that I will be able to travel to Ontario in May to take part in the festivities! More than 10,000 people will attend the celebration held at Harbourfront in Toronto!

For more information about the festival, visit the Festival of Trees website (it looks like they even have an app so you can keep track of what’s going on. I’m going to download it and see what that’s all about!)

If you happen to be a school teacher or librarian interested in having me visit your school or library while I’m in Ontario, check out my page at the Authors Booking Service website for more details about how to book a visit.


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