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.
Click here for the Schneider Family Book Award Manual (PDF)
Bibliography of Children's Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)
Award and Frequency
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 0-10), middle school (age 11-13) and teens (age 13-18). (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.
This award is given out on an annual basis.
The person with the disability may be the protagonist or a secondary character.
Definition of disability: Dr. Schneider has intentionally allowed for a broad interpretation by her wording, the book “must portray some aspect of living with a disability, whether the disability is physical, mental, or emotional.” This allows each committee to decide on the qualifications of particular titles.
Books with death as the main theme are generally disqualified.
The books must be published in English.
The award may be given posthumously.
Term of eligibility extends to publications from the preceding year.
Books previously discussed and voted on are not eligible again.
Complete the online application for each submitted title.
Send one copy of each submitted title to the Schneider Family Book Awards Jury members. (addresses included in the online application)
Send one copy of each submitted title to the ALA Awards Program. (address included in the online application)
Titles submitted for the Schneider Family Book Awards will not be returned.
Books must be received by December 1 to be considered for the award.
2015-16 Jury Cheryl Malden – (staff liaison)
ALA Awards Program
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Alyson Beecher – (Chair)
211 Mount Washington Dr Apt 2
Los Angeles, CA 90065-3170
Nancy L. Baumann
106 Dene Dr
Columbia, MO 65201-6596
125 Macks Lane
Greensburg, PA 15601
Calgary Public Library
616 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
4608 Yates Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705-2631
176 N. Humphrey Ave., Apt.1
Oak Park, IL 60302-2578
Mrs. Joanna Lynn Tamplin
3103 Corrib Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32309-3307
Youth Services Coordinator
The Ferguson Library
1 Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904
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