Schneider Family Book Award
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Bibliography of Children's Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)
Award and Frequency
- The person with the disability may be the protagonist or a secondary character.
- Definition of disability: Dr. Schneider has intentionally allowed for a broad interpretation by her wording, the book “must portray some aspect of living with a disability, whether the disability is physical, mental, or emotional.” This allows each committee to decide on the qualifications of particular titles.
- Books with death as the main theme are generally disqualified.
- The books must be published in English.
- The award may be given posthumously.
- Term of eligibility extends to publications from the preceding year.
- Books previously discussed and voted on are not eligible again.
- Complete the online application for each submitted title.
- Send one copy of each submitted title to the Schneider Family Book Awards Jury members. (addresses included in the online application)
- Send one copy of each submitted title to the ALA Awards Program. (address included in the online application)
- Titles submitted for the Schneider Family Book Awards will not be returned.
- Books must be received by December 1 to be considered for the award.
|2016-17 Jury members|
|Cheryl Malden – (staff liaison)|
ALA Awards Program Governance Office
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|Mrs. Joanna Lynn Tamplin (Chair)|
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|Jennifer Kelley Reed|
1314 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02461-1844
Elsworth Rockefeller Carman
|Ed A. Spicer|
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Allegan, MI 49010-9108
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- May be fiction, biography, or other form of nonfiction.
- Must portray the emotional, mental, or physical disability as part of a full life, not as something to be pitied or overcome.
- Representation of characters with disabilities should be realistic avoiding exaggeration or stereotypes.
- Person with disability should be integral to the presentation, not merely a passive bystander.
- The theme must be appropriate for and respectful of the intended audience age.
- Information on a disability must be accurate.
- Should be engaging with distinctive use of language for plot and character development and setting delineation.
- Book should be judged on its own merit as a self-contained entity, not as part of a series, and irrespective of supportive materials such as a CD or other supplemental material.
- Illustration in picture books
- Text and images should complement each other, with differentiated contrast between text, pictures, and background.
- Format and typeface must be of age appropriate size, clearly readable, and free of typographical errors.
- Layout should be easy to follow enhancing the flow of the story or information.