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

2008 Winner(s)

Hurt Go Happy

written by Ginny Rorby, a Starscape Book published by Tom Doherty Associates

Initially isolated by her mother’s refusal to let her learn American Sign Language (ASL), Joey grows from a lonely teen to a mature animal rights activist in this engaging story of a deaf girl and Sukari, a signing chimpanzee. After learning ASL, Joey rescues Sukari from a research lab. This rich story will resonate with all readers who value independence and love animals.


Middle School Book

2008 Winner(s)

Reaching for Sun

written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Press, New York, NY

Zimmer uses lyrical free verse to tell the story of one girl’s thirteenth year. Josie, a young teen with cerebral palsy, blossoms through her relationship with her grandmother, conflicts with her mother, her friendship with a new neighbor boy, and her care of the family garden. Form, format, and content combine to create an exquisite story.


Young Children Book

2008 Winner(s)

Kami and the Yaks

written by Andrea Stenn Stryer, illustrated by Bert Dodson and published by Bay Otter Press of Palo Alto, CA

Kami, a young Sherpa boy who is deaf, rescues his family’s yaks and livelihood during a violent storm. Stunning, realistic watercolors add depth to a strong story, bringing out the drama of the Himalayan Mountains. Together they perfectly capture Kami’s ability to communicate with home signs.