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

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ - The students at Market Lane Junior and Senior
Public School today announced the winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz
Children's Book Awards:

    Chester's Back!                    Libertad
    By Mélanie Watt (Montreal, QC)     By Alma Fullerton (Midland, ON)
    Kids Can Press                     Published in Canada by Fitzhenry &


    -  This is Mélanie Watt's second win, she previously won for Scaredy
       Squirrel in 2007; it is Alma Fullerton's first.
    -  The two awards, of $6,000 each, recognize artistic excellence in
       writing and illustration in Canadian children's literature.
    -  The winners were selected by two juries of young readers at Market
       Lane Junior and Senior Public School. Seven students in grades 3 and 4
       chose the author/illustrator of the children's picture book award,
       while five students in grades 7 and 8 selected the recipient of the
       young adult/middle reader award.
    -  Approximately 120 students participated in this year's event and book
       clubs were established in each of the classes.
    -  The announcement took place at Market Lane Junior and Senior Public
       School, 246 The Esplanade, at 1 p.m. on May 20, 2009.


    Student jurors in grades 3 and 4 commented on Mélanie Watt's picture book
Chester's Back!:
    "It could be a funny, short play. I liked the pictures."
    "It is a very original book."
    "Very funny - I like it because of Chester's imagination."

    Student jurors in grades 7 and 8 said the following about Alma
Fullerton's Libertad:
    "I was sad when it was over. I read it twice."
    "I loved the way it was written in poem (verse). It's not a happy book
but realistic and believable. I really connected to the characters and wanted
to know what happened to them."
    "It had mature themes that brought you into the book."


    -  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 (http://www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca/), the Ontario Arts
       Council (http://www.arts.on.ca/) which manages the jury process, and
       the Canadian Booksellers Association whose members choose the short
       list of books.
    -  The Ontario Arts Council supports numerous Canadian book publishers
       through its Block Grants to Book Publishers program
       (http://www.arts.on.ca/Page98.aspx), including Kids Can Press and
       Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

    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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