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

2009 Winner(s)

Jerk, California

written by Jonathan Friesen and published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group

After graduating from high school, Sam/Jack begins a cross country quest to learn the truth about his dead father and embraces his inherited Tourette Syndrome. With the help of an old family friend, a quirky car and girlfriend who has troubles of her own, he finds his way to maturity.

Middle School Book

2009 Winner(s)

Waiting for Normal

written by Leslie Connor, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Addie has spent most of her twelve years “waiting for normal,” a stable family and a real home. Connor’s resilient heroine uses humor, creativity and her “love of learning” to compensate for her dyslexia. Through music and good friends, Addie discovers that she can accomplish anything. 

Young Children Book

2009 Winner(s)

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum

written and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House

Jazz musician Art Tatum, who was born with limited vision and lost much of it as he grew, never felt sorry for himself. In this fictionalized biography, children learn that Tatum often forgot that “his eyes weren’t good” as he gave himself to his music, because “with his piano, he had everything he needed.” His illustrations have movement and a musical lilt which flow easily and pay respect to a true American icon.