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2014 Schneider Family Book Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) just announced the winners of the 2014 Schneider Family Book Awards. The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, and the Schneider Family Book Awards honor the artistic achievements of authors or illustrators who portray the disability experience. Awards are in three categories:

1) for child and adolescent audiences: birth through grade school (ages 0–8)

2) middle school (ages 9–13), and

3) teens (ages 14–18).

Learn about this year’s winners and download their books from the Bookshare library!

Award for Young Children

Book Cover of "A Splash of Read: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin"
Book Cover of “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin”

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by  Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw. He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor, making things come alive. This picture book biography of self-taught African American folk artist Horace Pippin demonstrates the dogged determination of a wounded soldier to paint again. After a WWI injury threatened to end his potential artistic career, he trained himself to paint by supporting his injured arm with the other hand.


Book Cover of "Handbook for Dragon Slayers"
Book Cover of “Handbook for Dragon Slayers”

Award for Best Middle School Title

Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Tilda has never given much thought to dragons, attending instead to her endless duties and wishing herself free of a princess’s responsibilities. Supported by friends and dragons, Tilda realizes her physical limitations do not define her.



Award for Best Teen Title


Book Cover of "Rose Under Fire"
Book Cover of “Rose Under Fire”

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women’s concentration camp.

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