Personal Philanthropy

Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

For over 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

 

2020 Recipients

Children's picture book winner
Lili Macaroni
By Nicole Testa (Rimouski, Que.)
Illustrations by Annie Boulanger (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.)
Pajama Press

 

Adult Middle Reader winner
A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
By Kelley Armstrong (Aylmer, Ont.)

Puffin Canada  

    

Past Recipients

  

News Releases 
Nicole Testa, Annie Boulanger and Kelley Armstrong honoured with 2020 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards  July 8, 2020
Shortlist for the 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards announced  June 23, 2020

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