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Town Is by the Sea

by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

About the Authors
Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Reading age:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Winner, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year
  • Commended, ALSC Notable Children's Books
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Winner, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Commended, BookPage Best Children's & Young Adult Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Horn Book Fanfare
  • Commended, New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Commended, Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
  • Commended, NPR Book Concierge
  • Commended, New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • Commended, Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books
  • Commended, New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Books

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