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Schneider Family Book Award

Awarded annually by the American Library Association to an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and 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. Three annual awards are given in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18).

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      Cursed

      by Karol Ruth Silverstein

      Sep 2019

      City High School

      2020 Winner, Teens
      As if her parents’ divorce and sister’s departure for college weren’t bad enough, fourteen-year-old Ricky Bloom has just been diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness. Her days consist of cursing everyone out, skipping school—which has become a nightmare—daydreaming about her crush, Julio, and trying to keep her parents from realizing just how bad things are. But she can’t keep her ruse up forever.
      Ricky’s afraid, angry, alone, and one suspension away from repeating ninth grade when she realizes: she can’t be held back. She’ll do whatever it takes to move forward—even if it means changing the person she’s become. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, who’s been there too, Ricky’s porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn’t the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn’t mean giving up.


      Author’s note with resources.

      Song for a Whale

      by Lynne Kelly

      Apr 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      2020 Winner, Middle Grades
      Iris, who is deaf, decides to invent a way to “sing” to a whale that is unable to speak to other whales. There’s just one problem: he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?
      Author’s note about the 52-Hertz Whale.

      Silent Days, Silent Dreams

      by Allen Say

      Feb 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      2018 Winner, Young Children’s Book
      James Castle was born two months premature. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language.Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world.

      You’re Welcome, Universe

      by Whitney Gardner

      Mar 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      2018 Winner, Teen
      When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.
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