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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Teen Book

2018 Winner(s)

You're Welcome, Universe

Written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Julia is an artist; her medium graffiti. She thrives on the thrill of creating and the risk of getting caught. When she is expelled from her school for the deaf , Julia seeks to find balance between feeling invisible and her desire to be seen. Her friendship with “hearie” YP unexpectedly enhances her life and art.

Middle School Book

2018 Winner(s)

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Written by Shari Green and published by Pajama Press Inc.

This tender, free-verse novel welcomes readers into sixth-grader Macy’s world. Through an intergenerational relationship with her neighbor, Iris, Macy learns to navigate friendships, family changes and school assignments. Iris learns to communicate with Macy through sign language, and Macy learns how Iris sends messages through the gift of cookies.

Young Children's Book

2018 Winner(s)

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Written and illustrated by Allen Say and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Allen Say’s distinctive biographical picture book spotlights the work and life of James Castle, an outsider artist. Deaf and autistic, this artist used his untraditional style of art to communicate his understanding of the world. Growing up at the turn of the 20th century, Castle showed incredible resilience despite an often harsh existence.