Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 21, 2014

Schneider Family Book Award

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The Schneider Family Book Award The Schneider Family Book Awards honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Bibliography of Children’s Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)

Administered by:
American Library Association Award and Frequency:

Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories:

Birth through grade school (age 0-10)

Middle school (age 11-13)

Teens (age 13-18). (Age groupings are approximations).

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.

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility:

1.The person with the disability may be the protagonist or a secondary character.
2.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.
3.Books with death as the main theme are generally disqualified.
4.The books must be published in English.
5.The award may be given posthumously.
6.Term of eligibility extends to publications from the preceding two years, e.g. 2007 awards given to titles published in 2006 and 2005. This may be changed to one year when the award is well established.
7.Books previously discussed and voted on are not eligible again.

Application Instructions:

1.Complete the online application for each submitted title.
2.Send one copy of each submitted title to the Schneider Family Book Awards Jury members. (addresses included in the online application)
3.Send one copy of each submitted title to the ALA Awards Program. (address included in the online application)
4.Titles submitted for the Schneider Family Book Awards will not be returned.
5.Books must be received by December 1, 2014 to be considered for the 2015 award.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. You need to take part in a contest for one of the best websites on the
    web. I am going to highly recommend this web site!

    • Tanika,

      That would be great to recommended.

      Thanks!

      Kathy

  2. Hi Kathy. Your blog is fantastic. Thanks for all your valuable information and tips about the writing process. I was just wondering, with the Schneider Family Book Award and other writing competitions and submissions to editors that you mention on your blog, is it just open to American authors, or can anyone enter/apply?
    Thanks,
    Rachel

  3. Rachel,

    I usually try to let you know if they are only open to certain countries. Most are open to the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. Some of the Canada contests are only open to them and couple may have been open only to the UK, so it is a mix. I have a lot of writers from the UK, Australia, and Canada, so I look for contest outside of the US. Hope something comes along that you can enter.

    Kathy


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