Meet the Red Cedar Review Team

For the past two years or so, Red Cedar’s dynamic volunteer duo, library technician Deepika Thaman, and librarian Sylvia Nurse, both based in the Lower Mainland, have enjoyed helping to review and publish reviews of Canadian nominated books from children across British Columbia. Students can read and review books in either the fiction or non-fiction category (or both if they’re really avid readers!) Deepika and Sylvia are delighted and amazed by the high volume of reviews received. To date, the results are absolutely fantastic as 200+ Red Cedar Award book reviews have been submitted so far. This definitely proves that in this high-tech digital age, children still love reading print books.

Have you checked out the reviews on our Red Cedar blog? The blog is a great activity to get students between grades 4 and 7 across the province excited about Canadian authors and books. A really neat touch to our website this year has been the posting of great interviews with authors like Charis Cotter and David Smith. A big thanks to all the teachers and teacher-librarians who shared their student’s thoughtful interviews with us.

Voting takes place in April, and once group leaders collect their group members’ votes they will be submitted through our website the week of April 18-22.

Stay tuned — the award winners will be announced at our Gala in early May! Is your reading group planning on coming to the Gala? Please RSVP at with the number of people that are planning to attend. More information about the Gala can be found on our website.

Interested in volunteering with Red Cedar? Check out our website for more information and to apply! We’re always happy to welcome enthusiastic volunteers,