The Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz to honour the memory of her sister, Ruth, a prominent bookseller in Toronto. The first award was given to Mordecai Richler for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang. In 2004, their family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.
Two awards are presented annually, one for picture books and the other for young adult/middle readers. The winners are nominated by a three person awards committee comprised of a bookseller, a librarian and a children’s book reviewer. The winners are selected by juries of young readers from an Ontario public school.
The administration of these awards is shared by the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council (which manages the jury process), and the Ruth Schwartz Foundation (which funds the awards).
Prize: $6,000 each for Picture Book and Young Adult / Middle Reader
Children’s picture book winner
By Nicole Testa (Rimouski, Que.)
Illustrations by Annie Boulanger (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.)
Adult Middle Reader winner
A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying
By Kelley Armstrong (Aylmer, Ont.)