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Wab Kinew, Susin Nielsen among $6K Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards nominees

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards annually celebrate Canadian picture books, as well as middle-grade and YA literature.
Wab Kinew and Susin Nielsen are among the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards nominees. (Graham Constant, Tallulah Photography)

Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew's picture book Go Show the World, illustrated by Joe Morse, and Vancouver writer Susin Nielsen's middle-grade novel No Fixed Address are among the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards finalists.

The Canadian literary award annually gives two $6,000 prizes, one to a picture book and one to YA or middle-grade book. Two teams of student jurors at Scarborough, Ont.'s Eastview Public School will decide the winners.

Kinew and Morse's collaboration tells the story of Indigenous heroes throughout time, including figures like Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price. It was nominated for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration.

The full children's picture book shortlist includes:

  • Africville by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell
  • Go Show the World by Wab Kinew, illustrated by Joe Morse
  • Island in the Salish Sea by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Leslie Redhead
  • Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay
  • The Origin of Day and Night by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt, illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko

Nielsen is a finalist for the novel No Fixed Address, the story of a 12-year-old boy who enters a national trivia show in hopes of winning enough money to move him and his mom from living in their van to a home.

The full YA/middle-grade book shortlist includes:

The winners will be announced in June 2019.

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