|ALA's Schneider Family Book Award|
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the award, and this year the UWEC McIntyre Library held a special event to commemorate the event. One of the most amazing things at the celebration was a display of books with quotes from authors and illustrators about the effect the award had on them and on their career. Here is one:
Winning the Schneider Family Book Award has truly been one of the biggest highlights of my career as a children's book author...The award has done so much to encourage both publishers and authors to tell the stories of people with disabilities, and also to lift up those books to a very high standard...I am so appreciative of all that Katherine Schneider has done to make this world a better, more understanding, and more inclusive place for all children" Cynthia Lord, author of 2007's award-winning book, Rules.It's pretty thrilling to have the person who is responsible for this right here in our midst, advocating for libraries and accessibility and animals. Hooray for local super-heroes!