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The Chicken Cat (Awards)

Sean Cassidy and I were thrilled to win two prestigious awards for The Chicken Cat:  The Mr. Christie Award (2001) Ages 0-7 &  The Ruth Schwartz Award (2001)

The Mr. Christie Book Award

Eryn, Stephanie, Tristan and Sarah at The Mr. Christie Awards Ceremony

Eryn, Stephanie, Tristan and Sarah at The Mr. Christie Awards Ceremony

Mr. Christie’s Book Award was founded in 1989 to reward excellence in the writing and illustration of Canadian children’s books and to honour those authors and illustrators who, with their words and pictures, create the magic that sparks children’s imaginations. Six awards are awarded annually in each of the following English and French categories: Best Book for Young Children (approximately 0 to 7 years); Best Book for Middle Readers (approximately 8 to 11 years); Best Book for Young Adults (approximately 12 to 16 years).

“For parents, librarians and teachers, the MR. CHRISTIE’S BOOK AWARD seal is a sure sign that the reading material will be wonderful, imaginative literature,” says Arlene Perly Rae, children’s book reviewer and chair of the MR. CHRISTIE’S BOOK AWARD judging committee.

The MR. CHRISTIE’S BOOK AWARD has honoured excellence in children’s literature in Canada for 12 years. Past winners include celebrated authors like Mordecai Richler and Dennis Lee. Many authors, like Sheree Fitch and Yvette Moore, received the award early in their career.

Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award

Ruth Schwartz Award Ceremony: Sean Cassidy and Stephanie McLellan

Ruth Schwartz Award Ceremony: Sean Cassidy and Stephanie McLellan

The Ruth Schwartz Awards were begun in 1976. Two awards are presented annually: one for picture books and one for young adult/middle readers. The awards are funded by the Ruth Schwartz Foundation in memory of Toronto bookseller, Ruth Schwartz. The shortlists are selected by the Canadian Booksellers Association, and the winners chosen by juries of school children from a school selected by the Ontario Arts Council. The award is presented on Canada Book Day, April 23.

“Newcomer Stephanie McLellan has included beautiful poetic imagery filled with “fowl” language, eg. Merlin’s “feather-like fur”, and his “fragile, birdlike frame.” She uses a storytelling style that sometimes speaks directly to the readers as if letting them in on a secret. . . . Children will warm to this farmyard fantasy, and, indeed, they picked it as the winner of this year’s children’s choice Ruth Schwartz Award.” — Alison Mews, CM Magazine

The Chicken Cat was also a Finalist for The Blue Spruce Award and The Tiny Torgi Print-Braille Book Award

Mr. Christie Book Award Seal

The 12th Annual Mr. Christie Awards – BACK: Jeff McLellan, Sylvia Cassidy, Sean Cassidy, Maggie Cassidy, Janet McNaughton, Irene Britt (Nabisco); MIDDLE: Stephanie McLellan, Pat Little, Jean Little, Arlene Perly Rae; FRONT: Eryn McLellan, Tristan McLellan, Sarah McLellan, Pippa

Ruth Schwartz Book Award Seal

Sarah, Eryn, Stephanie and Tristan at the National Library of Canada for Ruth Schwartz Award Ceremony