2009 Short List Announced - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - The winners of the 2009 Ruth and Sylvia
Schwartz Children's Book Awards will be announced at Market Lane Junior and
Senior Public School, 246 The Esplanade, at 1 p.m. on May 20, 2009.


    -   The two awards, of $6000 each, recognize artistic excellence in
        writing and illustration in Canadian children's literature.
    -   The winners are selected by two juries of young readers. This year's
        jurors are students at Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School in
    -   Approximately 100 students will participate in this year's event and
        book clubs are being established in each of the classes.
    -   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 of the
        young adult/middle reader award.

              AWARD CATEGORY                     READER AWARD CATEGORY
    Just One Goal!                         Starclimber
    By Robert Munsch (Guelph, ON) and      By Kenneth Oppel (Toronto, ON)
    Michael Martchenko (Toronto, ON)       Firewing Productions Inc.
    Scholastic Canada Ltd.                 Published by HarperCollins
                                            Publishers Ltd.
    M is for Moose: A Charles              Libertad
     Pachter Alphabet                      By Alma Fullerton (Midland, ON)
    By Charles Pachter (Toronto, ON)       Published in Canada by
    Cormorant Books Inc.                    Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It     Before Green Gables
    By Kathy Stinson (Rockwood, ON)        By Budge Wilson (Halifax, NS)
    Illustrations by Deirdre               Penguin Group (Canada)
     Betteridge (Pickering, ON)
    Annick Press
    Chester's Back!                        Word Nerd
    By Mélanie Watt (Montreal, QC)         By Susin Nielsen (Vancouver, BC)
    Kids Can Press                         Tundra Books
    Stanley at Sea                         The Shadow of Malabron
    By Linda Bailey (Vancouver, BC)        By Thomas Wharton (Edmonton, AB)
    Illustrations by Bill Slavin           Doubleday Canada
     (Millbrook, ON)
    Kids Can Press


    "We are delighted that the Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School
created book clubs to allow so many students to participate in this
experience," said Janet Stubbs, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts

    "The jury process encourages students to discuss the books they read and
think critically," said John Degen, Literature Officer at the Ontario Arts


    -   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.

    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, the 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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For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Hamal Docter, Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7434, 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434,
Mobile: (647) 831-4295, hdocter@arts.on.ca; ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES:
Janet Stubbs, Executive Director, (416) 969-7413, jstubbs@arts.on.ca

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