Wednesday 15 May 2019

2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards: Shortlists announced

On May 7, the Ontario Arts Foundation announced the 2019 nominees for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.  These award recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.  The awards will be selected by two juries of young readers, this year from Eastview Public School, Scarborough, Ontario.  Students from Gr. 3 and 4 and also from Gr. 7 and 8, from this school, a school with a large Indigenous community, offering Ojibwa language instruction and other Indigenous programming, will select the award-winning book for the Children's Picture Book Award and for the Young Adult/Middle Reader Book Award respectively.  The prizes, $6000 each, will be given out in June at the school.

Here are the two short-lists of nominees:

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In the CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY, the nominees are: 

Written by Shauntay Grant

Illustrated by Eva Campbell
Groundwood Books

Reviewed here
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
Written by Wab Kinew
Illustrated by Joe Morse
Tundra Books
Reviewed here

Island in the Salish Sea
Written by Sheryl McFarlane
Illustrated by Leslie Redhead
Orca Book Publishers
Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books

The Origin of Day and Night
Written by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt
Illustrations by Lenny Lishchenko
Inhabit Media
Reviewed here

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Fire Song
Written by Adam Garnet Jones
Annick Press

No Fixed Address
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books
Planet Grief
Written by Monique Polak
Orca Book Publishers
Written by Colleen Nelson
Dundurn Press
Very Rich
Written by Polly Horvath
Puffin Canada

 Congratulations to all nominees

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