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Shortlist for 2008 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards

The winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards will be announced at Ryerson Community School at 1:30 p.m. on May 6, 2008.




  • The two awards recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian children's literature. There are eleven shortlisted authors and illustrators this year


  • The Ruth Schwartz Foundation increased the award amount this year to $6,000 per award
  • The winners are selected by two juries of young readers. This year's jurors are students at Ryerson Community School in Toronto

  • Five grade 3 and 4 students will choose the author and illustrator who will share the children's picture book award


  • Five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient in the young adult/middle reader category




ìThese awards are very special because it is the young students who choose the winners,î said Janet Stubbs , Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation .






The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards are funded by the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.


The administration of these awards is shared by the Ontario Arts Foundation , the Ontario Arts Council which manages the jury process, and the Canadian Booksellers Association whose members choose the short list of books.


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Shortlist for the 2008
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards




Children's Picture Books


  The Aunts Come Marching
Bill Richardson, Author (Vancouver)
Cynthia Nugent, Illustrator (Vancouver)
Raincoast Books
The Boy from the Sun
Duncan Weller, Author/Illustrator (Thunder Bay)
Simply Read Books

  Grumpy Bird
Jeremy Tankard, Author/Illustrator (Toronto)
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
The Painted Circus : P.T. Vermin Presents a
Mesmerizing Menagerie of Trickery and Illusion Guaranteed to Beguile and Bamboozle the Beholder

Wallace Edwards, Author/Illustrator
Kids Can Press
(a division of Corus Entertainment)


Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Melanie Watts, Author/Illustrator (Montréal)
Kids Can Press
(a division of Corus Entertainment)


Young Adult/Middle Reader Books



  Dancing Through the Snow
By Jean Little (Guelph, ON)
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.



By Kenneth Oppel (Toronto, ON)
Publisher: HarperCollins

  Elijah of Buxton
By Christopher Paul Curtis (Windsor, ON)
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

  A Perfect Gentle Knight
By Kit Pearson (Victoria, BC)
Publisher: Penguin Group (Canada)

  Rex Zero, King of Nothing
By Tim Wynne-Jones (Perth, ON)
Publisher: Groundwood Books


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For more information, please contact:

Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, 416-969-7434 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7434 or email hdocter@arts.on.ca

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

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