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Schneider Family Book Award

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The Schneider Family Book Award is an award given by the American Library Association (ALA) and meant to recognize authors and illustrators who have created stories or illustrations featuring characters with special needs. There is a category for children's books, books appealing to middle grade readers and for young adult literature. The award has been given since 2004. The award was founded by Dr. Katherine Schneider, who was the first blind student to graduate from the Kalamazoo Public School system. Schneider had been helped through school as a child by a librarian at the Michigan Library for the Blind who provided books in Braille to her. The award is given out annually and the winners are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.



  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  • Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls
  • 2015

  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  • A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Catia Chien
  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
  • 2014

  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
  • A Splash of Red : The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • 2013

  • A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
  • Back to Front and Upside Down! by Claire Alexander
  • Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
  • 2012

  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
  • Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • 2011

  • After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Lynne Avril
  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
  • 2010

  • Django by Bonnie Christensen
  • Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  • 2009

  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
  • Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert A. Parker
  • Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
  • 2008

  • Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
  • Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
  • Kami and the Yaks by Andrea Stenn Stryer and illustrated by Bert Dodson
  • 2007

  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • The Deaf Musicians by Paul DuBois and Pete Seeger and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Small Steps by Louis Sachar
  • 2006

  • Under the Wolf, Under the Dog by Adam Rapp
  • Tending to Grace by Kimberly Fusco Newton
  • Dad, Jackie and Me by Myron Uhlber and illustrated by Colin Bootman
  • 2005

  • My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel
  • Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • My Pal Victor/Mi amigo, Victor by Diane Bertrand Gonzales and illustrated by Robert L. Sweetland
  • 2004

  • A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  • Looking Out For Sarah by Glenna Lang
  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
  • References

    Schneider Family Book Award Wikipedia

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