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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Bibliography of Children's Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)

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Teen Book

2006 Winner(s)

Under the Wolf, Under the Dog

written by Adam Rapp and published by Candlewick Press

This compelling narrative of journal entries by a 16-year-old boy immerses the reader into his deteriorating mental state. Unable to cope with his mother's death and his brother's suicide, he contemplates suicide himself. In a home for troubled teens he rediscovers “living.” The poetic language and gripping vivid images portray his spiraling out of control and his redemptive steps of recovery.


Middle School Book

2006 Winner(s)

Tending to Grace

by Kimberly Newton Fusco and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Cornelia “Corny” Thornhill, a self-described bookworm who stutters, is judged to be a poor student because of her reluctance to speak or read aloud. During the school year that Corny lives with her eccentric great-aunt Agatha, a family secret helps them as they unravel their differences. Told with eloquent simplicity, Corny's narrative is an honest portrayal of self-discovery.


Young Children Book

2006 Winner(s)

Dad, Jackie, and Me

written by Myron Uhlberg, illustrated by Colin Bootman and published by Peachtree Press

This exceptional portrayal of a young boy's affectionate relationship with his deaf father hits home when his dad identifies with baseball player Jackie Robinson and recognizes that discrimination takes many forms. Expressive illustrations evoke the 1940s era and capture mood, warmth, and sensitivity.