For kids across Ontario, participating in the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading programs can be a reading delight. In fact, these programs are so popular (8,000 kids attended last year) that the awards ceremony, held at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, has been compared to a rock concert, only it's not Justin Bieber that the kids want to hear, it's the authors!
The CNIB Library makes the minimum number of books required for participation in most categories available in audio and, this year, has increased the number of titles available in braille. From printbraille picture books for young children to enticing reads for teens, there are books for everyone.
Forest of Reading titles in audio and braille
Can't choose what to read? Here are some suggestions from the 2012 list:
Blue Spruce (Primary-grade 2 picture books)
Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender
Sometimes even though someone really gets on your nerves, you realize that you actually really need them. This is the story of Giraffe and Bird who feel that each is invading their "personal space", but when they separate how will they deal with an oncoming storm?
Picture caption: Printbraille version of Blue Spruce nominee, Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender. Braille is embossed on clear plastic sheets that are inserted between the print pages. This format can be enjoyed by both sighted and blind or partially sighted readers.
Silver Birch Fiction (Grades 3-6)
DAISY and online digital audio
Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction by Kevin Sylvester
A teenage chef who solves mysteries?! In this second book, Neil Flambé cook extraordinaire travels to Mexico City to enter a cooking contest, only to find a ransom note in his box of secret ingredients. If this book interests you, try also reading the first in the series, Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders
Red Maple Fiction (Grades 7-8)
DAISY, online digital audio and contracted braille
No Safe Place by Deborah Ellis
Imagine being on the run from one of these situations - military school, the slave trade, or a war-torn country – how would you cope? This is the story of four teens stuck on a boat in the English Channel running away from authorities and only relying on each other to make it to a safer place.
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