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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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      The Silence Between Us

      by Alison Gervais

      Oct 2019

      PG High Plus

      2020 Honoree, Teens

      Moving halfway across the country to Colorado right before senior year isn't Maya's idea of a good time. Leaving behind Pratt School for the Deaf where she's been a student for years to attend a hearing school is even worse.


      And then there's Beau Watson, Engelmann's student body president and overachiever. Maya suspects Beau's got a hidden agenda when he starts learning ASL to converse with her, but she also can't deny it's nice to sign with someone amongst all the lip reading she has to do with her hearing teachers and classmates. Maya has always been told that Deaf/hearing relationships never work, and yet she can't help but be drawn to Beau as they spend more and more time together.


      But as much Maya and Beau genuinely start to feel for one another, there are unmistakable differences in their worlds. When Maya passes up a chance to receive a cochlear implant, Beau doesn't understand why Maya wouldn't want to hear again. Maya is hurt Beau would want her to be anything but who she is-she's always been proud to be Deaf, something Beau won't ever be able to understand. Maya has to figure out whether bridging that gap between the Deaf and hearing worlds will be worth it, or if staying true to herself matters more.



      Q&A with the author. Note about cochlear implants.

      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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