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2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards shortlists announced

The Ontario Arts Council announced the shortlists for the 2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards this morning. The two annual awards, in the categories of Children’s Picture Book and Young Adult/Middle Reader, each comes with a $6,000 purse and are presented in recognition of excellence in Canadian English-language writing and illustration in books for children.

The winning titles will be announced May 15, as selected by juries comprising Grade 3-4 (picture book) and Grade 7-8 (YA/MG) students from Toronto’s Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School.

The shortlists are:

Children’s picture book

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison by Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson (Pajama Press)

The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer; Gillian Newland, illus. (Second Story Press)

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)

Nancy Knows by Cybèle Young (Tundra Books)

Starring Me and You by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can)

Young Adult/Middle Reader

Audrey (Cow) by Dan Bar-el; Tatjana Mai-Wyss, illus. (Tundra)

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)

Julian by William Bell (Doubleday Canada)

Lord and Lady Bunny: Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath (Groundwood Books)

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis (Pajama)