White Pine Award

The White Pine Award is one of the annual literature Forest of Reading awards sponsored by the Ontario Library Association (OLA).[1]

White Pine Award
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Awarded forAwarded to various outstanding works of Canadian young adult literature (Grades 9-12: ages 14-18)
Presented byOntario Library Association
First awarded2002
Websitehttp://www.accessola.com/ola/bins/content_page.asp?cid=92-263 Edit this on Wikidata

Every year, 10 books are nominated for the award and students vote their favourite book.[2]

The White Pine Nonfiction Award was discontinued after 2014.[3]


In order to vote for the winner, one must register at the local branch library and read a minimum of 5 of the 10 nominated books. The program ends in April (of that year), with the voting day usually on April 18. Based on student voting across the province, the most popular book is then selected and author is honored with the White Pine Award. There are usually about 10 different nominees for the award every year.

Winners (Fiction)Edit

Winners (Non-fiction)Edit

  • 2012 – The Book of Awesome, written by Neil Pasricha. Published by Penguin Group U.S.A./Amy Einhorn Books.
  • 2014 – The Secret of the Blue Trunk, written by Lise Dion and Liedewij Hawke. Published by Dundurn.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nominated Lists". Ontario Library Association. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ "White Pine Award". The Canadian Children's Book Centre. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "White Pine Award Winners and Nominees 2002-2018" (PDF). Ontario Library Association. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. ^ "2016 OLA Forest of Reading - White Pine Award (Grades 9 to 12) - 2016". Toronto Public Library. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  5. ^ Cerny, Dory. "Awards: OLA Forest of Reading". Quill and Quire. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ Cerny, Dory. "OLA announces 2017 Forest of Reading Winners". Quill and Quire. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b von Koeverden, Jane. "Vikki VanSickle, Danielle Younge-Ullman among 2018 Forest of Reading Winners". CBC. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ Rubinoff, Joel. "Waterloo children's author nabs $50,000 prize". The Record. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  9. ^ Scriver, Amanda. "YA novelist Courtney Summers and the complicated allure of cults". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  10. ^ Porter, Ryan. "Forest of Reading Awards kicks off three-day ceremony, announcing first round of winners". Quill and Quire. Retrieved 22 June 2021.