Schneider Family Book Award

About the Schneider Family Book Award 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.
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Teen Book

2004 Winner(s)

Things Not Seen

by Andrew Clements, published by Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

In this thought-provoking novel, main character Bobby, 15, wakes up one morning invisible. He feels isolated until he meets Alicia, a teenager who has experienced a loss of vision following a head injury. Alicia empathizes with Bobby because of her own feelings of being unseen since her accident. Clements realistically portrays the emotional turmoil of two youths during adolescence.

Middle School Book

2004 Winner(s)

A Mango Shaped Space

by Wendy Mass, published by Little, Brown & Company Children's Publishing

The main character Mia is a sensitive 13-year-old girl who comes to terms with a rare neurological condition called Synesthesia. The story is an introspective look inside the world of one who perceives letters, numbers, and sounds as colors. Mass’s exceptionally descriptive prose makes Synethesia understandable and intriguing. The story demonstrates that, although acceptance from family and friends is important, the most important aspect in accepting one’s own differences is to realize that they are an integral part of who one is.

Young Children Book

2004 Winner(s)

Looking Out For Sarah

written and illustrated by Glenna Lang, published by Charlesbridge Publishing

In this outstanding picture book, the beautiful harmony between text and illustrations conveys the special bond between Perry, a black Labrador retriever guide dog, and Sarah, a musician who happens to be blind. The text and illustrations depict Perry and Sarah’s daily routine and Perry’s dream about their walk from Boston to New York. Large blocks of color within the book work well for story hour presentations or individual reading.