Yarrow author short-listed for Children’s Book Awards

Yarrow author Barbara Nickel has been shortlisted for the national Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.

Barbara Nickel has been shortlisted in the Children’s Picture Book category for 'A Boy Asked the Wind.'

Barbara Nickel has been shortlisted in the Children’s Picture Book category for 'A Boy Asked the Wind.'

The recently announced 2016 shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards includes a Yarrow author.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Schwartz Children’s Book Awards – the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

Recognizing artistic excelling in writing and illustration, two awards of $6,000 are presented annually, one for Children’s Picture Book, the other for Young Adult//Middle Reader.

Barbara Nickel, of Yarrow, has been shortlisted in the Children’s Picture Book category for A Boy Asked the Wind, published by Red Deer Press. Illustrations in A Boy Asked the Wind are by Gillian Newland of Toronto.

Novels in the Children’s Picture Book category take readers on journeys around the world, through a village of animals, and into the realm of our imagination. Nickel is up against four other novels in the category.

This year’s winners will be chosen by student juries from Toronto’s Scarborough Village Alternative Public School, with the announcement taking place June 22.