2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards Winners

The 2013 winners for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at Etobicoke’s North Kipling Junior Middle School, where students gathered for a celebratory presentation.

We would like to congratulate Susin Nielsen! The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is the Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award!

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K LarsenThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Written by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 256 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-372-8
Student jurors in grades 7 and 8 said the following about The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen: “This is a raw perspective on life but at the same time there are moments of comedy that are genuine” and “This is an important issue for both bullies and those being bullied. Henry’s story shows us what happens to family and friends after suicide or an act of violence.”

We would also like to congratulate Aubrey Davis and Marie Lefrance! A Hen for Izzy Pippik is the winner of the Children’s Picture Book Award.

Thank you to the 2013 selection committee: Melanie Fishbane, book reviewer and blogger; Mary Brown, independent bookseller; and Matthew MacDonald, public librarian. Many thanks to the juries of young readers at North Kipling Junior Middle School. Students in grades 3 and 4 chose the winning author and illustrator of the children’s picture book award. The recipient of the young adult / middle reader award was chosen by students in grades 7 and 8.

For more information about the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, please visit the Ontario Arts Foundation(OAF) and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

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