2015 Silver Birch Awards

The Silver Birch Awards ceremony was held in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre on May 13. While I admit I would have liked to have won for “The Big Book of Hockey,” winning and losing isn’t really the point. The point is to get children excited about books, and they certainly seemed to be!

On Stage

On stage with fellow nominees Stephen Shapiro and Hugh Brewster.

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Signing autographs.

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Reading from my Grade 5 newsbooks during a “Workshop.”


Annaleise Carr was the winner in my category for her book “Annaleise Carr: How I conquered Lake Ontario to help kids battling cancer.” She’s practically still a kid herself (only about 17) and swam the lake when she was 14. Pretty amazing … but her mother told me at an event a few days later in Whitby that Annaleise’s younger brother voted for my book!

6 thoughts on “2015 Silver Birch Awards

  1. Congrats on the Silver Birch Awards…you are #1 in my ‘books’~~ok that was a bad pun! However you really are an inspiration & just think you are helping to mold children & set a fabulous example. Reading is a wonderful pastime & a great way to learn…
    Obviously you make learning easy!
    Sherri-Ellen T-D.

  2. Loved seeing the pictures, Eric. Congratulations on being nominated! That is an honour! I’m sure the students enjoyed your workshop.
    All the best, Linda

  3. In the age of X Box, video games, broadband, et al, it takes a special understanding and a special talent to persuade a youngster to pick up a book. Then, of course, the world is his or hers, and they don’t need to wear out their thumbs to gain access.

    Congratulations, Eric, for the understanding and wisdom that brings the written word to tomorrow’s generation, a generation enriched by your work and all the participants of the Silver Birch program.

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