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Award History

Jury Citation

“Roslyn Schwartz is a virtuoso of the picture book form. In all her books but most especially in the Mole Sisters stories she demonstrates how minimal text, tiny pictures, and hilariously unambitious images can convey worlds of meaning and character. The choice of the humble coloured pencil as medium perfectly complements the rich, understated humour in these stories in which ‘nothing happens,’ but mutual affection, questioning minds, and the world’s pleasant possibilities are always apparent. Playful, intelligent and peopled with unforgettable characters, Schwartz’s titles are a significant, inimitable contribution to Canadian children’s literature.”
— 2003 Vicky Metcalf Award Jury (Deirdre Baker, Sarah Ellis, Tim Wynne-Jones)