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2013 Shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

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2013 Shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Yesterday, the 2013 shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards was announced. This year, the two categories (Children’s Picture Book and Young Adult / Middle Reader) include some of the country’s most outstanding children’s authors and illustrators. One book will be selected from each category by a jury of young readers from North Kipling Junior Middle School in Etobicoke to win a prize of $6,000.

The annual awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz as a tribute to her sister, Ruth Schwartz, who was a respected Toronto bookseller. They acknowledge excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature. The awards were renamed by the family in 2004 to honour both sisters.

Children's Picture Book award category

    A Few Bites
    By Cybèle Young (Toronto, Ont.)
    Groundwood Books
    A Hen for Izzy Pippik
    By Aubrey Davis (Toronto, Ont.)
    Illustrations by Marie Lafrance (Montreal, Que.)
    Kids Can Press
    Larf
    By Ashley Spires (Saskatoon, Sask.)
    Kids Can Press
    Virginia Wolf
    By Kyo Maclear (Toronto, Ont.)
    Illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault (Montreal, Que.)
    Kids Can Press
    Wishes
    By Jean Little (Guelph, Ont.)
    Illustrations by Geneviève Côté (Montreal, Que.)
    North Winds Press, an imprint of Scholastic Canada

Young Adult / Middle Reader award category

    A Tinfoil Sky
    By Cyndi Sand-Eveland (Nelson, B.C.)
    Tundra Books, a division of Random House of Canada
    Hunted
    By Cheryl Rainfield (Toronto, Ont.)
    Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd.
    Seraphina
    By Rachel Hartman (Vancouver, B.C.)
    Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada

The 2013 winners will be announced on May 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Etobicoke’s North Kipling Junior Middle School.

The awards are administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process. They are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.

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