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

2011 Winner(s)

Five Flavors of Dumb

written by Antony John and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Dumb is not the name Piper, a high school senior who is Deaf, would have chosen for a heavy metal band, yet she volunteers to manage this disparate group of would-be musicians.  In her attempt to make Dumb profitable, Piper learns a few things about music and business, striking a chord within herself.


Middle School

2011 Winner(s)

After Ever After

written by Jordan Sonnenblick and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Tells the story of Jeffrey who is free of cancer, but not the fallout from the treatment.  Tad, his cancer survivor buddy and he swap wisecracks as they cope with their “chemo-brain,” other cancer effects and typical 8th grade angst.


Young Children's Book

2011 Winner(s)

The Pirate of Kindergarten

written by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Ginny’s eyes play tricks and, in her world, there are two of everything.  Reading, math, and kindergarten activities are a challenge.  Wearing an eye patch turns her into the pirate of kindergarten, and glasses help bring her world into focus.  Whimsical mixed media illustrations cleverly convey Ginny’s experiences first hand.