Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award MedalThe Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). (Age groupings are approximations).

The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional.

2013 Teen Winner

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am
by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangisand

(Simon & SchusterBFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

Ben surprises everyone by enlisting in the army after his high school graduation.  When his convoy is caught in an IED explosion, Ben suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), resulting in memory loss and other disabilities. His   15-year-old brother Chris, who has autism, becomes a critical catalyst to Ben’s recovery.

“In a time when so many young people are returning from war with TBIs, Chris helps readers see how much the love and support from family can mean,” said Irwin.

2013 Middle School Winner

A Dog Called Homeless
by Sarah Leanand

(Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

A year after her mother’s death, Cally, a fifth grader, has stopped speaking when no one seems to care about what she has to say.  When her family moves to a new apartment, Cally meets 11—year-old, Sam who is deaf and blind.  Through her friendship with Sam and the mysterious appearance of a dog, Cally finds her voice.

“Through Ms. Lean’s words, Cally and Sam demonstrate that communication can take a number of different formats,” Irwin said.

2013 Children's Winner

Back to Front and Upside Down!
written and illustrated by Claire Alexander

(Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

Stan is excited about making a birthday card for his principal, Mr. Slippers, until he discovers that he has to write a message.  For him, letters come out back to front and upside down.  Stan learns that asking for help, a little coaching, and a lot of practice make for success.

“Ms. Alexander presents a delightful story of promise for young people who may also have difficulty with their letters,”said Award Chair Marilyn M. Irwin.

2012
Medal Winner (Young Adult):
The Running Dream
Medal Winner (Middle School):
close to famous
Medal Winner (Middle School):
Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures
2011
Medal Winner (Young Adult):
Five Flavors of Dumb
Medal Winner (Middle School):
After Ever After
Medal Winner (Children):
The Pirate of Kindergarten
2010
Medal Winner (Young Adult):
Marcelo in the Real World
Medal Winner (Middle School):
Anything but Typical
Medal Winner (Children):
Django
2009
Medal Winner (Young Adult):
Jerk, California
Medal Winner (Middle School):
Waiting for Normal
Medal Winner (Children):
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
2008
Medal Winner (Young Adult):
Hurt Go Happy
Medal Winner (Middle School):
Reaching for Sun
Medal Winner (Children):
Kami and the Yaks
2007
Medal Winner (Young Adult):
Small Steps
Medal Winner (Middle School):
Rules
Medal Winner (Children):
The Deaf Musicians