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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2012 Winner(s)

close to famous

written by Joan Bauer and published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

 Twelve-year-old Foster dreams of growing up to become a famous celebrity chef despite her reading disability. Can the quirky townsfolk of tiny Culpepper help Foster succeed?

Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures

written by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic

 Rose and Ben are children who are deaf living 50 years and worlds apart, yet both marvel and connect with the world around them. The American Museum of Natural History links their separate stories – one narrated in text, the other through cinematic illustrations.


2012 Winner(s)

The Running Dream

written by Wendelin Van Draanen and published by Published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York

 When sixteen-year-old track star Jessica loses her leg in an accident, she is devastated believing she will never run again. Rehabilitation forces Jessica to confront disabilities and rethink her physical limitations.