The 2014 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at Aldergrove Public School in Markham.
The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from Aldergrove P.S. – five students in grades 3 and 4 selected the recipient of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and five students in grades 7 and 8 selected the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.
Each student read the books individually and then worked together with their group to reach consensus and decide on a winner. This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.
“Loula has a great imagination,” said student jurors in grades 3 and 4. “Her trip to Africa was a great way to get away from her stinky brothers. The artwork helps us travel through the story. The drawings are like music and the bright colours are cheerful.”
“This amazing award, created in loving memory of Ruth Schwartz, bookseller extraordinaire, by her sister Sylvia, became that much more important to me when I discovered that the jury was composed of passionate young readers, the ones who inspire me every day to do what I do,” said author Anne Villeneuve.
“This book is a must read,” said student jurors in grades 7 and 8. “Adam’s caring makes him a hero. The book is full of real emotion. The excellent humour helps to balance the serious issues.”
Added one juror: “I loved the twists and turns in the plot. The author created several excellent characters I really cared about and I’d love to read more about them all in a sequel.”
“I just can't stop smiling,” said author Teresa Toten. “To be on the same list with the truly prestigious past recipients of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards fills me with an undeniable pride."