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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.

About the Authors
Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has been a children’s librarian in Toronto for over twenty years. Joanne has written articles for Canadian Children’s Book News and other publications. Her picture books include Our Corner Grocery Store, City Alphabet, and City Numbers. She has collaborated with Inuit elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on picture book versions of two traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Our Corner Grocery Store was nominated for the 2010 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Joanne lives in Toronto with her two daughters.
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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.

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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
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • 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
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books