Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

May 06, 2008 14:01 ET

2008 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards Winners

2008 Winners Announced: Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - The winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards have been selected:

The Boy from the Sun
By Duncan Weller (Thunder Bay)
Publisher: Simply Read Books Darkwing
By Kenneth Oppel (Toronto)
Publisher: HarperCollins

* This is Kenneth Oppel's fourth Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrens' Book Award win; it is Duncan Weller's first.
* The announcement took place at Ryerson Community School at 1:30 p.m. on May 6, 2008.
* The winners were 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 chose the author/illustrator for the children's picture book award.
* Five grades 7 and 8 students selected the recipient in the young adult/middle reader category.
* These two awards recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian children's literature.
* The Ruth Schwartz Foundation increased the award amount to $6,000 per award this year.


Student jurors commented on Weller's picture book The Boy from the Sun:
"Loved how the colour changes as the children become happier."
"Great how it showed us how the kids were feeling."
"It made me feel happy."

Student jurors commented on Oppel's Darkwing:
"It's the kind of book you read under the covers with a flashlight at night."
"Plot full of twists and turns with spectacular writing."

* 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.

- 30 -
/For further information: 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./ IN: EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT, SOCIAL, OTHER

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