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Shortlist for the 2007 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards

Toronto, April 25, 2007 ó Authors and illustrators nominated to the shortlist for the 2007 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today (see attached list).  The authors and illustrators come from all over Canada including Edmonton, Saskatoon, St. John's, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal, Simcoe, Peterborough, Perth and Millbrook.

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards recognize Canadian writers and illustrators who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature. Winning books are selected from two categories ó children's picture books and young adult/middle reader books. The award recipient in each category receives a $5,000 prize.

Two juries of schoolchildren from Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto, Ontario will review the books and announce the winners on June 1, 2007.

Students in grades 7 and 8 will evaluate books in the young adult/middle reader category to select the winning author. Grade 3 and 4 students will choose the recipient(s) of the children's picture book prize, which is shared between the author and illustrator.

Sylvia Schwartz established these awards in 1976 in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. Sylvia was a well-known Toronto photographer from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children. In 2004, the family decided to honour Sylvia by renaming the awards the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.

The administration of these awards is shared annually by the Ontario Arts Council, which selects the school and the juries, the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ruth Schwartz Foundation and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members select the short list of books.

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Shortlist for the 2007
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

Children's Picture Books

ï Ancient Thunder
  Written and illustrated by Leo Yerxa
  Groundwood Books

ï The Farm Team
  Written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin
  Kids Can Press

ï Fox Walked Alone
  Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
  North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.

ï Scaredy Squirrel
  Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
  Kids Can Press

ï Snow
  Written by Joan Clark and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
  Groundwood Books

Young Adult/Middle Reader Books

ï I Am a Taxi
  by Deborah Ellis
  Groundwood Books

ï Megiddo's Shadow
  By Arthur Slade
  HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

ï Odd Man Out
  by Sarah Ellis
  Groundwood Books

ï Rex Zero and the End of the World
  by Tim Wynne-Jones
  Groundwood Books

ï Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen
  by Glen Huser
  Groundwood Books

For more information, please contact:

Ann Boyd, Associate Director, Ontario Arts Foundation, 416-969-7411 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7411 or email aboyd@arts.on.ca

Daphnée Nostrome, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, 416-969-7446 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7446 or email dnostrome@arts.on.ca

The Ontario Arts Foundation is a public, non-government foundation established in 1991 to encourage and facilitate private giving to the arts in Ontario

The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario

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