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Discussion Schneider Family Book Award

by Cynthia Parkhill on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 09:50 am

Each year in January, I await the announcement of ALA Youth Media Award winners. And each year with its emphasis upon portraying the experience of people with disabilities, the Schneider Family Book Award uniquely piques my interest -- both as a woman on the autism spectrum and as a library professional who wants the collection to "mirror" the experience of a diverse readership.

I understand from the award manual that a person with a disability does not have to be the book's protagonist, but can be a secondary character.

Each year in January, I await the announcement of ALA Youth Media Award winners. And each year with its emphasis upon portraying the experience of people with disabilities, the Schneider Family Book Award uniquely piques my interest -- both as a woman on the autism spectrum and as a library professional who wants the collection to "mirror" the experience of a diverse readership.

I understand from the award manual that a person with a disability does not have to be the book's protagonist, but can be a secondary character.

(http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/schneid...)

When I first read the manual, I was researching the award of my choice for a course in school library management. I felt uneasy that this award could be given to a book in which a person with a disability was not the main character, but at the time I could not articulate the reason for my concern.

Recently, I read an essay about "common tropes" in children's fiction about characters with autism. Written by Elizabeth Bartmess and published at Disability in KidLit, it helped me identify what it was I found troubling in the scope of the award's application.

(http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2015/12/18/autistic-representation-and-rea...)

Among the tropes, Bartmess identifies the role of a autistic character "to affect other characters or to entertain the reader." In the following passage, substitute "character with a disability" for "autistic character" to understand my concern for the Schneider Family Book Award.

"In kid lit, autistic characters often exist to affect other characters, for example to show what having an autistic sibling is like, to let characters 'earn goodness points' by being kind to us, or to educate the (assumed non-autistic) reader. We are also sometimes used to provide entertainment via amusing social misunderstandings."

I ask that in books in which characters with disabilities are not the central characters, Schneider award committee members examine the characters' roles carefully. Do they exist so that a non-disabled character can earn "goodness points"?

Is there a presumption that disabled characters' lives are valid only to the extent that they can meet non-disabled expectations for normality? Do they have to depend upon the non-disabled protagonist to act as their "savior"? Please carefully consider any books in which people with disabilities are not the story's protagonists.

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Discussion Batchelder award alpha list

by Ann Brownson on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 08:37 am

When I went to the Batchelder award alpha list to pull down a list for my assistant, what came up was a list of the years and the publishers, but no titles except for 2012. What's up with that? 

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Arlene Salazar's picture

Are there more recent Rainbow titles for 2010-present?

 

http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/rainbow-project-book-list

Chinasa Seyse's picture

Is this grant still active? The webpage lists a deadline that is a year old (March 31, 2012) If it's still active. What's the current deadline?

 

http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/supporting-diversity-conference-stipend

Chinasa N. Izeogu Seyse

MSIS Graduate 2011

2009-10 Spectrum Scholar

Sue Shay (non-member)'s picture

It looks like several links aren't active right now or even if active, they pull up wrong or limited info. When I try to view other years of award winners, clicking on an individual year produces only info for 2014.

If I click ALL to view a page with all winning names, it looks right but the links to those other libraries or their winning entry info don't work either.

And if I didn't start my search in your A-Z listing and instead just searched via terms in the ALA search box, only a page about the year ago (deadline to apply Dec 2013) award shows up. Only by getting to the A-Z search awards page could I pull up the true main page for this award.

What I was hoping to find was helpful info about previous winners. Kansas City seems to be the only one with real info available, very limited info on the year before that and only the names of winning libraries prior to that.

Margaret Driscoll's picture

Does anyone know when they will be announced?

Linda Lyshol's picture

Does anyone know if the YALSA Presidential Citation is still awarded? If so, how does one nominate someone?

Linda Lyshol, MLIS
Library Director
Ketchikan Public Library
1110 Copper Ridge Lane
Ketchikan, AK  99901
907-228-2311
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