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Town Is by the Sea

by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

tagged: multigenerational, post-confederation (1867-)
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Winner of CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig.

With curriculum connections to communities and the history of mining, this beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of Canadian history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a Cape Breton mining town will enthrall children and move adult readers.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

About the Authors
Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee and won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee and won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Contributor Notes

Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is the author of Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, among many other honors. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has written several other highly acclaimed picture books, including Pinny in Summer and Pinny in Fall, both illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
Editorial Review

Winner — CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

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