The Schneider Family Book Award celebrates books which highlight the disability experience.
Did you know there's an award that honors books which portray the experiences of children and adolescents living with a disability? The American Library Association gives the Schneider Family Book Award each year to "an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."
The award was created with funds donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a blind woman who led a successul 30+ year career as a psychologist. She credited much of her succes to the guiding influences of her mother, a teacher, and her librarian, who supplied her with books in braille.
In her remarks upon the first presentation of the award in 2004, Dr. Schneider said, "In the 1950s when I was in grade school, the only media mentions of blind people were of Helen Keller, Louis Braille, and the seven blind men who went to see the elephant. Other disabilities fared no better. Fifty years later we’re here to celebrate the fact that the situation has dramatically improved. The Schneider Family Book Award committee had many wonderful children’s books to consider, which represent the experiences of the one out of seven Americans who have a disability. The disability experience in these wonderful children’s books is a part of a character’s full life, not the focus of the life."
Check out the list of Schneider Family Book Award Winners available in the Children's Library below, and be sure to see the full list of winners!