is the Schneider Family Book Award?
Schneider Family Book Award honors an author or illustrator for a
book that "embodies an artistic expression of the disability
experience for child and adolescent audiences." Awards are
given for child (birth through grade school;) middle school (age
11-12;) and teen (age 13-18.) Winners receive a framed plaque
decides the winner?
awards committee of the American Library Association administers
did the award begin?
first awards were given in 2004.
special criteria are used to select this award?
portray aspects of living with a disability, whether the disability
is physical, mental or emotional
portray the disability as part of a full life, (not as something to
be pitied or overcome) and written for children and adolescents so
they will better understand this theme
published in the last three years
picture book, the committee will consider excellence of presentation
to the audience of child or adolescent as well as the artistic
technique, the excellence of pictorial interpretation of the story,
and the appropriateness of style of illustration to the story.
The graphic form must be self-contained, not dependent on other
media such as sound or film equipment
and typeface must be appropriate, clear and free of typographical
a single publication, not an article or serial
an original work by illustrator, author and/or co-authors
or illustrator must be citizen or resident of the United States
is it called the Schneider Family Book Award?
award was donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, senior psychologist
emerita from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Counseling Services.
does the award look like?
circle-shaped Schneider Family Book Award features a blue background
with a silver border and lettering. The letters "Schneider Family
Book Award" form a semi-circle. In the center is a circle
surrounded by eight, hand-holding children, alternating boy
and girl. Below the design is writing that may be Braille.