Saskatchewan Willow Awards
Since its inception, SaskEnergy has been the presenting sponsor of the
Saskatchewan Willow Awards - a program that engages youth in a literacy
challenge focused on both readers and authors. Initiated in Saskatchewan in
2002 by the Saskatchewan Readers Choice Awards Organization, the program
involves the selection of thirty children/adolescent books, which are
categorized according to three targeted age groups.
Those books are then promoted in schools throughout the province and students
are encouraged to read as many as they can in their respective categories.
After a few months of dedicated reading, students vote for their favorite
books out of the ten nominees in their age categories. Then the votes are
compiled, and the organizers hold a gala for the authors of the thirty books
included in the contest. Authors receive Willow Awards based on the votes
submitted by participating students throughout the province.
While this program provides an opportunity to honour popular authors, it is a
wonderful way to get students excited about reading. The program, which exists in
other provinces, has been tremendously successful in Saskatchewan, with 78