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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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Description

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.

About the Authors
Joanne Schwartz is an author and children’s librarian at the Toronto Public Library who has a special interest in picture books. She lives with her two daughters in Toronto, Ontario.
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Joanne Schwartz is an author and children’s librarian at the Toronto Public Library who has a special interest in picture books. She lives with her two daughters in Toronto, Ontario.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Commended, New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge