Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

April 17, 2008 08:01 ET

2008 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

2008 Short List Announced

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Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

Toronto, April 17, 2008 - 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 eleven short-listed authors and illustrators come from different regions in Canada.
* The two awards recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian children's literature.
* This year, the Ruth Schwartz Foundation increased the award amount 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.

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


The Aunts Come Marching
By Bill Richardson (author, Vancouver, BC) and Cynthia Nugent (illustrator, Vancouver, BC)
Publisher: Raincoast Books

The Boy from the Sun
By Duncan Weller (author/illustrator, Thunder Bay, ON)
Publisher: Simply Read Books

Grumpy Bird
By Jeremy Tankard (author/illustrator, Toronto, ON)
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

The Painted Circus: P.T. Vermin Presents a Mesmerizing Menagerie of Trickery and Illusion Guaranteed to Beguile and Bamboozle the Beholder
By Wallace Edwards (author/illustrator, Yarker, ON)
Publisher: Kids Can Press

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
By Mélanie Watt (author/illustrator, Montreal, QC)
Publisher: Kids Can Press


Dancing Through the Snow
By Jean Little (Guelph, ON)
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


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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Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) offers donors effective and creative opportunities for charitable giving - helping to build a foundation for the arts in Ontario. OAF works with donors to build lasting endowments in support of the arts - a gift for this generation and the next.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario's primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

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Contact Information

  • Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
    Primary Phone: 416-969-7434
    Toll-Free: 800-387-0058
    E-mail: hdocter@arts.on.ca