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

2005 Winner(s)

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir

written by Samantha Abeel and published by Orchard Books, a division of Scholasticis

The book was chosen for its honest and sensitive portrayal of the author’s youth as she struggles with dyscalculia, a learning disability in mathematics. The syndrome also affects one’s ability to perform simple tasks, such as telling time or following directions. Abeel’s diagnosis at age 13 helped her and her family make sense of why she excelled in literature but didn’t know what change to expect when buying groceries. She shares her gift of language in this compelling memoir.

Middle School Book

2005 Winner(s)

Becoming Naomi León

written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic

Ryan uses imaginative language and great sensitivity in portraying an 11-year-old girl’s emergence from the timidity of an emotionally abusive relationship to becoming a lioness. The staunch defender of her younger brother Owen, who was born with physical disabilities, Naomi proclaims her inner strength by referring a loving great-grandmother over her offensive birth mother, and then receiving affirmation in a court decision. The work conveys the truth that there is a magic in all of us—which can be carved out if we choose to see it.

Young Children Book

2005 Winner(s)

My Pal Victor/Mi amigo, Victor

written by Diane Diane Gonzaels Bertrand and illustrated by Robert L. Sweetland and published by Raven Tree Press

The bilingual text and bold, colorful illustrations weave the story of two Latino boys who share the joys of friendship—telling scary stories and outrageous riddles, going swimming, riding roller coasters and having many other adventures. Dominic is proud that his pal likes the way he is. Until the last illustration, the reader is unaware that Victor uses a wheelchair.