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

2014 Winner(s)

Rose Under Fire

written by Elizabeth Wein, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group

After a daring flight maneuver, young pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Assigned to a high security unit, Rose survives under the wing of the “Rabbits,” Polish political prisoners, subjected to medical experimentation by Nazi doctors.


Middle School

2014 Winner(s)

Handbook for Dragon Slayers

written by Merrie Haskell, published by Harper Collins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Reluctant Princess Tilda, sheltered due to her deformed foot, longs to escape her destiny. A thwarted kidnapping sends Tilda, Lord Parzifal and her handmaiden Judith on a dragon-hunting quest. Supported by friends and dragons, Tilda realizes her physical limitations do not define her.


Children's Book

2014 Winner(s)

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

This picture book biography of self-taught African American folk artist Horace Pippin demonstrates the dogged determination of a wounded soldier to paint again. After a WWI injury threatened to end his potential artistic career, he trained himself to paint by supporting his injured arm with the other hand.