Shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards announced

The shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student jurors work together to choose the winning books.

The 2018 winners will be decided by two student juries from Toronto’s Sprucecourt Public School. The winners will be announced during a school assembly on Wednesday, June 20.

Children’s Picture Book
Award Category

Young Adult / Middle Reader
Award Category

by Emil Sher (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

The Agony of Bun O’Keefe
by Heather Smith (Waterloo, Ont.
Penguin Teen

The Heart’s Song
by Gilles Tibo (Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Irene Luxbacher (Toronto, Ont.)
North Winds Press

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
by Danielle Younge-Ullman (Toronto, Ont.)
Razorbill Canada

My Beautiful Birds
by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Oakville, Ont.)
Pajama Press

Louis Undercover
by Fanny Britt (Montréal, Que.)
illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault
(Montréal, Que.)
Groundwood Books

Stolen Words
by Melanie Florence (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Gabrielle Grimard (Montréal, Que.)
Second Story Press

The Marrow Thieves
by Cherie Dimaline (Toronto, Ont.)

Town Is by the Sea
by Joanne Schwartz (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Sydney Smith (Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

by Deborah Ellis (Simcoe, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

About the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

  • Two awards of $6,000 each are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.
  • The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, which this year are students at Sprucecourt Public School in Toronto.
    • Five students in grades 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children’s Picture Book Award.
    • Five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.

Find out more about the Ruth and Sylvia Schwarts Children’s Book Awards here.