In catching up with my Internet reading as I enjoy a day off from work, I read School Library Journal's Heavy Medal blog post on predicting the ALA winners.
And the Schneider Family Book Awards are mentioned! (I have an entire post on the winners, don't worry.). Usually, these ones are overlooked. Jonathan Hunt says: "SCHNEIDER FAMILY.
Does anybody care about this one? Okay, maybe some of you do. I'm going to guess MARCELO for the teen category, ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS for the middle grade category, and I'm completely clueless about the picture book category. Suggestions?" It's not the only "does anybody care" award; the Carnegie Award got a similar comment.
Sigh. For those of you who are new to the blog, and me, I'm on the Schneider Family Book Award Committee; I work for a regional library for the National Library Services for the Blind & Physically Handicapped; and the Schneider Family Book Award is for "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." I urge you to read the Manual, which explains the background of this Award and why, indeed, it matters how the disability experience appears in books and why an award for this does matter.
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