Suzanne Del Rizzo’s children’s picture book shortlisted for a Canadian literary award – Golden Thread
A children’s book written by an Oakville author-illustrator has been shortlisted for the 2021 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, a Canadian literary award where student jurors work together to choose the winning books. Golden Threads, written by Suzanne Del Rizzo of Oakville and illustrated by Canadian-Japanese artist Miki Sato, will compete in the Children’s Picture Book category along with four other English-language Canadian children’s books.
The award, valued at $ 6,000, is presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in Canadian children’s literature. Student juries from Admiral Collingwood Elementary School in Collingwood, Ont., Will meet by video conference to debate and reach consensus on the 2021 winners. The winning books will be announced later in June.
The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Awards were established in 1976 by Toronto photographer Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honor the two sisters.
Golden Threads is the story of a little girl who brings a wrecked plush fox back to life. It is inspired by the Japanese art form of kintsugi, or golden carpentry, where broken pottery is mended with golden resin. Kintsugi values âârepair over replacement, believing that the cracks give the broken object its history. This book is also a warm celebration of wabi-sabi, the Japanese idea that there is beauty in things that can be incomplete or imperfect.
Del Rizzo began her career in picture books as an illustrator for the award-winning Skink on the Brink. She left scientific research to make children’s books, creating illustrations with polymer clay and mixed media. The first book she wrote and illustrated, My Beautiful Birds, went on to become a New York Times Outstanding Book and won the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature.
The Ontario Arts Foundation administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process. The awards are funded by the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.