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.
2010 Schneider Family Book Award winners:
Birth through age 8: Django by Bonnie Christensen
Middle Grade: Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Young Adult: Marcello in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
2009 Schneider Family Book Awards
Young children. Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum, written and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.
Middle-school award: Leslie Connor, for Waiting for Normal, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publish ers.
Teen award : Jerk, California, written by Jonathan Friesen and published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
KAMI AND THE YAKS by Andrea Stenn Stryer, ill. by Bert Dodson
Middle-school award: REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Teen award: HURT GO HAPPY by Ginny
THE DEAF MUSICIANS by Pete Seeger, ill. by R. Gregory Christie
RULES by Cynthia Lord
SMALL STEPS by Louis Sachar
Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg, ill. by Colin Bootman
Tending to Grace by Kimberly Newton Fusco )
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog by Adam Rapp
My Pal, Victor/Mi Amigo, Victorby Diane Gonzales Bertrand, ill. by Robert L. Sweetland
Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel
Looking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements