Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

For 40 years, the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards have recognized artistic excellence in Canadian children’s literature. 

The Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz to honour the memory of her sister, Ruth, a prominent bookseller in Toronto. The first award was given to Mordecai Richler for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. In 2004, their family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.

Two awards are presented annually, one for picture books and the other for young adult/middle readers. The winners are nominated by a three person awards committee comprised of a bookseller, a librarian and a children’s book reviewer. The winners are selected by juries of young readers from an Ontario public school. 

The administration of these awards is shared by the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council (which manages the jury process), and the Ruth Schwartz Foundation (which funds the awards). 


Prize: $6,000 each for Picture Book and Young Adult / Middle Reader


2016 Recipients

Children's picture book winner
Mr. Postmouse's Rounds
By Marianne Dubuc (Montreal, Que.)
Kids Can Press


Adult Middle Reader winner
We Are All Made of Molecules
By Susin Nielsen (Vancouver, B.C.)
Tundra Books                     


Marianne Dubuc with members of the Children's Picture Book Award jury, Scarborough Village Alternative Public School


Past Recipients


News Releases 
Marianne Dubuc and Susin Nielsen honoured with 40th anniversary Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards  June 22, 2016

Shortlist for the 40th anniversary Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards announced  May 12, 2016

Donor Testimonial:
Wuchien Michael Than

Persistence and Passion:  A Donor's Story

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