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Shortlist for 2014 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards Announced

Toronto, April 16, 2014 – The 2014 short list for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards was announced today. The 2014 winners will be selected by students of Aldergrove Public School  in Markham, Ontario and will be announced there on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

 

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
This year’s short list includes some of Canada’s most distinguished children’s authors and illustrators. The Children’s Picture Book category includes tributes to the joy of music, the magic of a northern winter night, and the power of imagination. The Young Adult / Middle Reader category includes the stories of a teenage ultra-marathon runner; a boy confronting love, mystery, and mental illness; and a village where death lurks in the shadows.

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY

YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY

 

The Boy Who Paints 
By K.Jane Watt
(Fort Langley, B.C.)

illustrations by Richard Cole (Langley, B.C.)
Fenton Street Press

  

Little Red Lies
By Julie Johnston
(Peterborough, Ont)

Tundra Books

 

Loula is Leaving for Africa
By Anne Villeneuve
(Montreal, Que)

Kids Can Press

 

Ultra
By David Carroll

(Toronto, Ont)
Scholastic Canada  Ltd.

 

The Man with the Violin
By Kathy Stinson
(Rockwood, Ont)

illustrations by Dusan Petricic (Toronto, Ont.)Annick Press

 

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
By Teresa Toten

(Toronto, Ont.)
Doubleday Canada

 

Once Upon a Northern Night  by
Jean E. Pendziwol
(Thunder Bay, Ont)

Illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montreal, QC)  Groundwood Books

 

Jane, the Fox and Me
By Fanny Britt
(Montreal, Que)
HarperCollins Canada Illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montreal, QC) Groundwood Books

 

Read Me a Story, Stella
By Marie-Louise Gay (Montreal, Que.)  Groundwood Books

 

Sorrow's Knot
By Erin Bow
(Kitchener, Ont) Scholastic Canada Ltd.


 

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 Aldergrove Public School in Markham, Ontario.

 

  • Five students in grade 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. 

 

  • Five students in grade 7 and 8 will select the recipient(s) of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.

     

QUOTES
"The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards provide a wonderful way for young readers to discover Canada's remarkable authors and illustrators.  The school-age jurors take their responsibility very seriously, and use critical thinking skills to debate the shortlisted books and come up with a winner.  And they have lots of fun in the process."
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO at the Ontario Arts Council

"Awards are an opportunity to recognize excellence, and celebrate the accomplishments and impact of an author and illustrator's work.  The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards are not only an annual celebration of the best in Canadian children's literature, but they also extol the benefit and joy of reading in today's young readers."
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 administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.  

 

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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

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

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario.

Now in it's 50th year,the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) plays a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2012-2013, the  OAC funded 1,793 individual artists and 1,076 organizations in 232 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.

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