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Shortlist for the 2007 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Authors and illustrators nominated to the shortlist for the 2007 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today (see list below). The authors and illustrators come from all over Canada including Edmonton, Saskatoon, St. John’s, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal, Simcoe, Peterborough, Perth and Millbrook.

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards recognize Canadian writers and illustrators who demonstrate artistic excellence in children’s literature. Winning books are selected from two categories children’s picture books and young adult/middle reader books. The award recipient in each category receives a $5,000 prize.

Two juries of schoolchildren from Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto, Ontario will review the books and announce the winners on June 1, 2007.

Students in grades 7 and 8 will evaluate books in the young adult/middle reader category to select the winning author. Grade 3 and 4 students will choose the recipient(s) of the children’s picture book prize, which is shared between the author and illustrator.

Sylvia Schwartz established these awards in 1976 in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. Sylvia was a well-known Toronto photographer from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children. In 2004, the family decided to honour Sylvia by renaming the awards the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.

The administration of these awards is shared annually by the Ontario Arts Council, which selects the school and the juries, the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ruth Schwartz Foundation and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members select the shortlist of books.

Shortlist for the 2007
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Children’s Picture Books

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Ancient Thunder Ancient Thunder
Written and illustrated by Leo Yerxa
Groundwood Books

Farm Team
The Farm Team
Written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin
Kids Can Press

Fox Walked Alone Fox Walked Alone
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Scaredy Squirel Scaredy Squirrel
Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
Kids Can Press

Snow Snow
Written by Joan Clark and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Groundwood Books

Young Adult/Middle Reader Books

I am a Taxi I Am a Taxi
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books

Megiddo's Shadow Megiddo's Shadow
By Arthur Slade
HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

Odd Man Out Odd Man Out
by Sarah Ellis
Groundwood Books

Rex Zero Rex Zero and the End of the World
by Tim Wynne-Jones
Groundwood Books

Skinny Bones Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen
by Glen Huser
Groundwood Books

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For more information, please contact:

Ann Boyd, Associate Director, Ontario Arts Foundation, 416-969-7411 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7411 or email

Daphnée Nostrome, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, 416-969-7446 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7446 or email

The Ontario Arts Foundation is a public, non-government foundation established in 1991 to encourage and facilitate private giving to the arts in Ontario.