The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. This award is given out on an annual basis.
Categories : grade school (age 0-10), middle school (age 11-13) and teens (age 13-18). The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or 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. Eligibility The person with the disability may be the protagonist or a secondary character. Definition of disability: Dr. Schneider has intentionally allowed for a broad interpretation by her wording, the book “must portray some aspect of living with a disability, whether the disability is physical, mental, or emotional.” This allows each committee to decide on the qualifications of particular titles. Books with death as the main theme are generally disqualified. The books must be published in English. The award may be given posthumously. Term of eligibility extends to publications from the preceding year. Books previously discussed and voted on are not eligible again.
Award:- Three annual awards of $5000 and a framed plaque.