Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 12, 2015

Schneider Family Book Award

Illustration Dow searching

Here is an illustration sent in by Dow Phumiruk to inspire those of you who have written a book with a disabled character to send that book off for a chance to win the Schneider Family Book Award. Dow was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Click here to view.

Schneider Family Book Award

About the Schneider Family Book Award:

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.

Administered by:

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DEADLINE: December 1, 2015

Three awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque are given annually to recognize and honor books for their distinguished portrayal of people living with a disabling condition.

Given annually in each of the following categories:

younger children, ages 0 to 8

middle grades, ages 9 to 13

teens, ages 14 to 18.

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. Books with death as the main theme are generally disqualified.

3. The books must be published in English. The award may be given posthumously.

4. Term of eligibility extends to publications from the preceding year.

5. When a picture book wins the award, the $5000.00 will be divided equally between the author and illustrator.

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 year.
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 to be considered for the award.

Click here for the submission form to apply.

Below is the link to an interesting list of books about the disability experience.

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

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Thanks, Kathy!

  2. Great Illustration Dow, love the cloudy city in the background!

    • Thanks, Michelle!🙂

  3. Debbie,

    What about Hattie?

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