The shortlists for the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student jurors work together to choose the winning books. - See more at: http://bookcentre.ca/shortlists-2018-ruth-sylvia-schwartz-childrens-book-awards-announced/?platform=hootsuite#sthash.vwRDSIBN.dpuf
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards is a volunteer-run, non-profit, registered charity begun in 2001.
The mission of SYRCA – Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards – The Willow Awards, Inc. is to promote reading and celebrate Canadian literature. Each year, Saskatchewan children and youth vote for Willow Award recipients from finalists nominated in three award categories.
The three categories were established to encourage participation by all children, regardless of the level at which they are reading. They include:
The Shining Willow Award for books written for young readers
The Diamond Willow Award for books written for upper elementary readers in grades 4 to 6
The Snow Willow Award for books written for readers in grades 7 & up
Participation in the Willow Awards is free to Saskatchewan children and youth. They may vote for their favourite book in any category in which they have read the minimum number of books required. Individuals may vote. Teachers, librarians or teacher-librarians can submit tallies of votes made in their buildings.
Here's a great list of middle grade fiction, by Anna Humphrey, whose latest book is Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz
When it comes to middle grade fiction, silliness is a serious business. After all, kids in this age group are just beginning to delve into chapter books independently, and if there’s a more sure-fire way to make them readers for life than to get them laughing, I don’t have the first clue what it might be.
Our nation’s middle grade writers are masters in the art of mixing big laughs with huge heart, then punctuating it with the occasional perfectly-timed fart joke, and I’m thrilled to share just a few of my recent favourite, funny Canadian middle grade titles.