The Schneider Family Book Award


The Schneider Family Book Award is awarded annually by the ALA to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability for child and adolescent audiences.  Each year winners are honored in three separate categories, Teen, Middle School, and Young Children’s.  The 2017 winners are listed below.





When We Collided by Emery Lord

2017 Teen Winner

When We Collided
By: Emery Lord

Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?  Ages 14 and up

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

2017 Middle School Winner

As Brave As You
By: Jason Reynolds

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires–literally.  Ages 10 and up

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jennifer Bryant

Young Children’s Winner

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
By: Jennifer Bryant

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read.  So he invented his own alphabet—a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today. Ages 4-8


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