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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Middle School

2016 Winner(s)

Fish in a Tree

written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Published by the Penguin Group

Ally moves through multiple elementary schools without learning to read by using her strengths in math and art along with some behavior distractions. When a new teacher discovers Ally has dyslexia, he uses patience and sensitivity to build up Ally’s confidence as well as her ability to read.


The War that Saved My Life

written by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Published by the Penguin Group

Set during World War II, Ada is a resourceful character who slowly and believably makes accommodations for her untreated club foot. Her growth as a character, her acceptance by the villagers, and the home she and her brother make with Susan, their sponsor, are both heartfelt and powerful.


Teen Book

2016 Winner(s)

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

written by Teresa Toten and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, New York

Enter 13B, where the support group for young adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder meets each week. Here an unlikely band of “superheroes” led by their own “Batman,” Adam, works together to confront their personal struggles and discover the inner strength to keep moving forward.


Children's Book

2016 Winner(s)

Emmanuel’s dream: the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

written by Laurie Ann Thompson illustrated by Sean Qualls and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

Against almost insurmountable odds, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, born with only one strong leg, sets out to ride a bike 400 miles across Ghana to raise awareness for the disabled. With the message of “being disabled does not mean unable,” the stunning mixed media art supports this uplifting and inspiring story.

“Thompson and Qualls biographical picture book proves that ‘One leg is enough to do great things -- and one person is enough to change the world,’” said Award Chair Alyson Beecher.