Town is by the Sea is shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018. This most prestigious award recognizes the very best illustrators published in the UK. I’m so grateful to the talented Sydney Smith (@Sydneydraws) for his outstanding work on the book, bringing to life my story of a boy in a mining town in Cape Breton in the 1950s. Here is part of what the committee said about Sydney’s illustrations:
“The closeness of family life and the beauty and power of the Nova Scotia landscape are vividly rendered on each page, enhancing Schwartz’s narrative. Contrasting darkness and confined space with freedom and light above ground, these pictures linger in the mind.”
Town is by the Sea has landed on many best books of the year lists.
Here is a round-up –
The Bulletin for the Centre of Children’s Books 2017 Blue Ribbons List
Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Children’s and Teen Books of the Year
Huffington Post’s Best Picture Books of the Year
Denver Public Library Best And Brightest Picture Books of 2017
BookPage The Best Children’s and Young Adult Books of 2017
Horn Book Fanfare 2017
School Library Journal Best Books 2017
Kirkus Best Children’s Books of 2017 to Bring the Global Village Home
Washington Post Best Children’s Books of 2017
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens 2017
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth 2017
Evanston’s Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List 2017
Quill & Quire 2017 Books of the Year: editors’ kidlit and YA Picks
Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition, Outstanding Merit
Cooperative Children’s Book Centre, CCBC Choices, 2018
“Eloquent, sensitive yet, entirely unsentimental and profound in impact:
picture books don’t get much better than this one.”
Books for Keeps: the children’s book magazine online
For more information about the Golden Oak Awards, click here.
Joanne Schwartz’s children’s book is nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books. Created in 1937, winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards include Thomas King, Madeleine Thien, Michael Ondaatje, Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood.
For more information and a complete list of finalists in all 7 categories click here.