Brampton, ON, May 26, 2010 – Students at Brampton’s Huttonville Public School today announced the winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards:
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK AWARD
YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE READER AWARD
||Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay (Pointe-Claire, QC)
Illustrations by Renné Benoit
Published by Tundra Books
||Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case by Shane Peacock (Baltimore, ON) |
Published by Tundra Books
- Jane Barclay, Renné Benoit and Shane Peacock are all first time winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.
- The awards, of $6,000 each, recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian children’s literature. Barclay and Benoit share the children’s picture book award and will each receive $3,000.
- The winners were selected by two juries of young readers at Huttonville Public School. Students in grades 3 and 4 chose the winning author and illustrator of the children’s picture book award. The recipient of the young adult/middle reader award was chosen by students in grades 7 and 8.
- The announcement took place at Huttonville Public School in Brampton, at 2322 Embleton Road, at 1 p.m. on May 26, 2010.
- Jane Barclay, Renné Benoit and Shane Peacock were on hand to accept the awards from students at Huttonville Public School.
Student jurors’ praise for author Jane Barclay’s and illustrator Renné Benoit’s Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion:
“… It taught us about Remembrance Day.” “I really liked the pictures with the animals behind the characters.”
Student jurors in grades 7 and 8 said the following about Shane Peacock’s Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case :
“…Mr. Peacock’s use of language…really brought you into the time period.” “…It was a like a puzzle that we had to keep reading to solve.”
- 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, their family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.
- 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.
- Candidates are nominated by the Canadian Booksellers Association and members of the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee also selects the short list for the student juries.
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