The Schneider Family Prize

“How can his outside look so normal and his inside be so broken? Like an apple, red perfect on the outside, but mushy brown at the first bite” (Lord 109-110).



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Asperger Syndrome


According to Disability Rights Nebraska, disabled people have rights within the state. These rights also extend into the classroom; the U.S. Department of Education legally outlines that students with disabilities must receive a free and appropriate public education, also known as FAPE. Aside from the legal aspect, teenage students should also be allowed to relate to other people and teenagers usually relate to the world via music and books. Disabled students also need to receive these crucial outlets. Thankfully, an entire genre of adolescent books exist to address this issue and provide disabled teenagers with real characters and problems that they can truly identify with.

The Schneider Family Book Award annually honors an exceptional book that “embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.” Cynthia Lord’s Rules (as previously mentioned) was among the 2007 winners.

2012 winners include:

Close to Famous
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Wondersruck by Brian Selznick

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Goodreads also provides a detailed list with past winners.


Lord, Cynthia. Rules. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2006. Print.