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A Very Special Collection: The Schneider Family Book Award

Credit goes to Carrie Karnos, Bookshare’s Manager of Scanning and Proofing for this post and the collection.

The 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 of $5000 and a framed plaque are given in 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. And 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.

Many of our members have asked us for books that feature people with disabilities and we are so happy to let you know that, thanks to our amazing collection development team, we have all 24 books that have been given the award between 2004 and 2011. You can find this very special collection at

The full chart showing the year the award was given, the age grouping, the author, and the title is below.

2011 Young Children Book Lyon, George Ella The Pirate Of Kindergarten  
2011 Middle School Book Sonnenblick, Jordan After Ever After  
2011 Teen book John, Antony Five Flavors Of Dumb  
2010 Young Children Book Christensen, Bonnie Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist  
2010 Middle School Book Baskin, Nora Raleigh Anything But Typical  
2010 Teen book Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo In The Real World  
2009 Young Children Book Parker, Robert Andrew Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum  
2009 Middle School Book Connor, Leslie Waiting For Normal  
2009 Teen book Friesen, Jonathan Jerk, California  
2008 Young Children Book Stryer, Andrea Stenn Kami And The Yaks  
2008 Middle School Book Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn Reaching For Sun  
2008 Teen book Rorby, Ginny Hurt Go Happy  
2007 Young Children Book Seeger, Pete and Jacobs, Paul Dubois The Deaf Musicians  
2007 Middle School Book Lord, Cynthia Rules  
2007 Teen book Sachar, Louis Small Steps  
2006 Young Children Book Uhlberg, Myron Dad, Jackie, And Me  
2006 Middle School Book Fusco, Kimberly Newton Tending To Grace  
2006 Teen book Rapp, Adam Under The Wolf, Under The Dog  
2005 Young Children Book Bertrand, Diane Gonzales My Pal, Victor / Mi Amigo, Víctor  
2005 Middle School Book Ryan, Pam Muñoz Becoming Naomi León  
2005 Teen book Abeel, Samantha My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir  
2004 Young Children Book Lang, Glenna Looking Out For Sarah  
2004 Middle School Book Mass, Wendy A Mango Shaped Space  
2004 Teen book Clements, Andrew Things Not Seen

One Comment

  1. Deborah Armstrong

    “My Thirteenth Winter” is also powerful reading for adults who want to know more about what it is like to have a learning disability. In particular, anyone who tutors math should read the author’s moving story about what it was like to try to understand arithmetic and algebra from a teacher not sensitive to her needs.

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