Toronto, April 24, 2012 – The 2012 short list for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards was revealed today. The 2012 winners will be announced at Toronto’s Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School, 78 Seaforth Ave. at 1:00 p.m. on May 31, 2012.
ABOUT THE 2012 BOOKS
This year's short list represents some of Canada's best-known children's book authors and some new names. The Children's Picture Book category showcases diverse illustration and story styles, ranging from stories of migration, adventures on two wheels, tales of mischievous animal characters, to picturesque evocations of Canadian flora and fauna. The Young Adult / Middle Reader category challenges its jury with historical novels and stories from abroad, as well as thrilling mysteries and a celebration of women authors.
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
Along a Long Road
By Frank Viva
No Ordinary Day
By Deborah Ellis (Simcoe, ON)
House of Anansi and Groundwood Books
The Vole Brothers
By Roslyn Schwartz
By Marthe Jocelyn
Picture a Tree
By Barbara Reid
Blink & Caution
By Tim Wynne-Jones (Perth, ON)
By Susan Vande Griek
Illustrations by Karen Reczuch (Acton, ON)
House of Anansi and Groundwood Books
|That Fatal Night|
By Sarah Ellis (Vancouver, BC)
By Maxine Trottier (Newman's Cove, NL)
Illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montreal, QC)
|The Whole Truth|
By Kit Pearson (Vancouver, BC)
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
- The two awards, of $6,000 each, recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. They are awarded annually.
- The winners are selected by two juries of young readers. This year’s jurors are students at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto. The award recipients will be announced at the school on May 31, 2012.
- Five students in grade 2 and 3 will choose the author and illustrator for the Children’s Picture Book award.
- Five students in grade 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader award.
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO at the Ontario Arts Council states, “Young readers discuss and debate the work of Canadian authors and illustrators, select the winner of The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards and have fun in the process. What more could we ask from a childrens' book awards program?”
Alan Walker, the Ontario Arts Foundation’s Executive Director adds, “Through the foresight of Sylvia Schwartz, who first established the awards, and the ongoing generosity of the Ruth Schwartz Foundation who fund them, these wonderful annual awards continue to bring joy and recognition to young readers and authors alike. We are thrilled to be a part of their rich tradition.”
- 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.
- See the list of previous laureates.
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