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Shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards announced

Toronto, May 3, 2018 – The shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

The 2018 winners will be chosen by two student juries from Toronto's Sprucecourt Public School. The winners will be announced during a school assembly on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
This year's shortlisted authors and illustrators are a diverse, accomplished group.  They include Cherie Dimaline, winner of the Kirkus Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and Deborah Ellis, whose book The Breadwinner was recently adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same name.  The nominees in the Children’s Picture Book category include richly illustrated stories of adapting to change and making intergenerational connections. The books on the Young Adult / Middle Reader shortlist include stories of resilience and courage - from surviving fictional dystopias to enduring the trials of growing up. 
 

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY


Away
by Emil Sher
(Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

The Heart's Song
by Gilles Tibo
(Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Irene Luxbacher(Toronto, Ont.)
North Wind Press

My Beautiful Birds
by Suzanne Del Rizzo
(Oakville, Ont.)
Pajama Press

Stolen Words
by Melanie Florence (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard (Montréal, Que.)
Second Story

Town Is by the Sea
by Joanne Schwartz (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Sydney Smith (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books


YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY

 

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe
by Heather Smith
(Waterloo, Ont.)
Penguin Teen

 

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
by Danielle Younge-Ullman
(Toronto, Ont.)
Razorbill Canada


Louis Undercover
by Fanny Britt (Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montréal, Que.)
Groundwood Books



The Marrow Thieves
by Cherie Dimaline (Toronto, Ont.)
DCB


Sit
by Deborah Ellis
(Simcoe, Ont.)
Groundwood Books


 

ABOUT THE RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
The two awards, of $6,000 each
are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature. The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, which this year are students at Sprucecourt Public School in Toronto.  Five students in grades 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. Five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.


QUOTES

"The stories that young people read can have a powerful influence on how they see themselves and the world around them. The authors and illustrators on this year’s Schwartz Award shortlists have clearly taken this to heart, as their stories are crafted with outstanding skill and care. Congratulations to all the nominees – as well as to the student jurors who have a tough task ahead in choosing this year’s winners."
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO at the Ontario Arts Council

“After more than four decades, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards continue to be a wonderful opportunity for young people to read and discuss the work of Canadian authors and illustrators. We appreciate the commitment of the Ruth Schwartz Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and this year's student juries for contributing to the ongoing success of these awards.”
Alan Walker, the Ontario Arts Foundation's Executive Director

 

LEARN MORE
The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.  Click here to see the full list.

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council

416-969-7434 /1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $375,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017, the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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