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Laureen, Queen's Square | April 1, 2021

The Forest of Reading 2021 is well underway.

Read the books, participate in the Forest of Reading Challenge, and join us for these author events:

Christina Kilbourne
Wednesday April 7 at 12 noon
Safe Harbour, Red Maple title
Grades 6+
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Fourteen-year-old Harbour is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of canned tuna, and an eccentric reading list. She's not homeless, she tells herself. She's merely waiting for her home - a thirty-six-foot sailboat - to arrive with her father at the helm... But when summer turns into fall, Harbour needs to accept help to survive on the streets.

An Afternoon with Kim Smith
Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 pm
BoxitectsBlue Spruce title
Grade JK +
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Join us as we celebrate with a Blue Spruce nominee, bestselling illustrator Kim Smith.  We will be talking about her newest book Boxitects, which is about Meg, a brilliant and creative boxitect who creates extraordinary things out of cardboard boxes.  Kim Smith is the New York Times best-selling illustrator of several picture books, including Builder Brothers: Big Plans and the Ice Chips chapter-book series. She lives in Calgary.

Terry Lynn Johnson
Thursday April 29 at 9:30 am
Dog Driven, Silver Birch title
Grades 3+
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A riveting adventure about a musher (dog sled driver) who sets out to prove her impaired vision won't hold her back from competing in a rigorous sled race through the Canadian wilderness.

Danny Ramadan
Salma the Syrian Chef is the story of Salma and her mother who are refugees from Syria. Salma wants to cheer her Mama up by making her favourite Syrian food, but she doesn't know how! Salma's new friends at the Welcome Centre all join Salma to help her. Together they show how working together can bring a smile to someone's face and that home is wherever your family is. Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugee advocate. Visit his web site or view an interview with Danny Ramadan anytime.