Schneider Family Book Award
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Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is an award given by the American Library Association (ALA) recognizing authors and illustrators for the excellence of portrayal of the disability experience in literature for youth.[1] There is a category for children's books, books appealing to middle grade readers and for young adult literature.[2][3] The award has been given since 2004.[4] The award was founded by Dr. Katherine Schneider, who was the first blind student to graduate from the Kalamazoo Public School system.[5] Schneider had been helped through school as a child by a librarian at the Michigan Library for the Blind who provided books in Braille to her.[5] The award is given out annually and the winners are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.[6]



  • Silent Days, Silent Dreams written and illustrated by Allen Say
  • Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess" by Shari Green
  • You're Welcome, Universe" written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner


  • Six Dots: A Story of Young Loiuis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord




  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
  • A Splash of Red : The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein






  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
  • Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert A. Parker
  • Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen


  • Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
  • Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
  • Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer and illustrated by Bert Dodson



  • Under the Wolf, Under the Dog by Adam Rapp
  • Tending to Grace by Kimberly Fusco Newton
  • Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Uhlber and illustrated by Colin Bootman


  • My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel
  • Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • My Pal Victor/Mi amigo, Victor by Diane Bertrand Gonzales and illustrated by Robert L. Sweetland



  1. ^ Heasley, Shaun (25 January 2016). "Children's Books Honored For Portraying Disability Experience". Disability Scoop. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ Verbeten, Sharon Korbeck (2005). "Book Award Patron Tells Her Compelling Story". Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children. 3 (2): 18. Retrieved 2016 – via EBSCO. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Schneider Family Book Award". American Library Association. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ Klipper, Barbara (2011). "Great Reads, Intriguing Characters: The Schneider Family Book Award Winners". Young Adult Library Services. 9 (3): 6-7. Retrieved 2016 – via EBSCO. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b Wojahn, Rebecca Hogue (2007). "The Schneider Family Book Award". Book Links. 7 (2): 38-40. Retrieved 2016 – via EBSCO. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ McMillen, Donna (2007). "Behind the Scenes for YALSA: The Schneider Family Book Award Committee". Young Adult Library Services. 5 (3): 7-8. Retrieved 2016 – via EBSCO. (Subscription required (help)). 

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