It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Judy Sarick on February 15, 2016.
Bookseller, librarian, teacher-librarian, former CCBC Board member, passionate advocate for children’s books, Judy was a groundbreaking force in children’s books in this country. In 1974, she and her husband Hy opened The Children’s Book Store in Toronto. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, energy and high standards helped put children’s books on the public radar and also encouraged Canadian publishers to produce books that could compete with the thousands of titles from the U.S. and U.K. flowing into Canada each year. She was a regular participant on juries and on the CBC Morningside Children’s Book Panel. In 1991, she received the Claude Aubry Award from IBBY Canada for distinguished service within the field of children’s literature.
The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17. Arrangements through Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel.
A longer tribute will appear in the spring 2016 issue of Canadian Children’s Book News.