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The Schneider Family Book Award
Application/Nomination Form

Current Award Winners

 Kami and the Yaks

Kami and the Yaks written by Andrea Stenn Stryer, illustrated by Bert Dodson and published by Bay Otter Press of Palo Alto, CA, wins the award for young children. Kami, a young Sherpa boy who is deaf, rescues his family’s yaks and livelihood during a violent storm. Stunning, realistic watercolors add depth to a strong story, bringing out the drama of the Himalayan Mountains. Together they perfectly capture Kami’s ability to communicate with home signs.

Reaching for Sun 


Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is the winner of the middle grade school award for Reaching for Sun published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Press, New York, NY. Zimmer uses lyrical free verse to tell the story of one girl’s thirteenth year. Josie, a young teen with cerebral palsy, blossoms through her relationship with her grandmother, conflicts with her mother, her friendship with a new neighbor boy, and her care of the family garden. Form, format, and content combine to create an exquisite story.


 Hurt Go Happy



The teen award winner is Hurt Go Happy written by Ginny Rorby, a Starscape Book published by Tom Doherty Associates. Initially isolated by her mother’s refusal to let her learn American Sign Language (ASL), Joey grows from a lonely teen to a mature animal rights activist in this engaging story of a deaf girl and Sukari, a signing chimpanzee. After learning ASL, Joey rescues Sukari from a research lab. This rich story will resonate with all readers who value independence and love animals.



About the Schneider Family Book Awards

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. Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). (Age groupings are approximations).

The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional.

Donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider. Deadline is December 1st.

  Click here for an application

Please send eight (8) copies of this application and 8 books to:

ALA Awards Program
Governance Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611


For questions about this application, contact the ALA Awards Program Office

For further award criteria click
Award Criteria

For a listing of past winners click
Past Winners

For the Schneider Family Book Award Manual click
Award Manual

 Select Bibliography of Children's Books about the Disability Experience 


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