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Schneider Family Awards 2011


Schneider Family Awards 2011

The Schneider Family Book Awards is donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, and honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards are presented for the best Teen, Middle School and Children’s Book.

2011 Picture Book Winner


written by George Ella Lyon 
illustrated by Lynne Avril

Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
ISBN: 9781416950240
Ages 4-8
40 pages
June 2010

Ginny was not born a pirate. But since her birth she was headed in that direction.

This book tells the story of Ginny's voyage towards earning herself an eye patch --- a voyage made mostly at school.

No other kid there had the honor.

Words and pictures offer up a double helping of surprise on the subject of seeing.

2011 Middle School Award Winner


Jordan Sonnenblick
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9780439837064
Ages 12-up
272 pages
February 2010

Jeffrey isn’t a little boy with cancer anymore. He’s a teen who’s in remission, but life still feels fragile. The aftereffects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents still worry about him. His older brother, Steven, lost it and took off to Africa to be in a drumming circle and “find himself.” Jeffrey has a little soul searching to do, too, which begins with his escalating anger at Steven, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he’s cute.

2011 Schneider Family Teen Award Winner


Antony John
Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780803734333
Ages 12-up
352 pages
November 2010

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?

Piper can’t hear Dumb’s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.