Last week I chose to read a Schneider Family Book Award Winner – Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.
The Schneider Family Book Award is a new addition to the American Library Association’s Media Youth Awards. The award 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. The American Library Association administers the Awards, and each recipient receives $5000 and a framed plaque. Winners are announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
- Jason Blake is 12-years-old.
- Jason Blake is a writer.
- Jason Blake doesn’t talk much.
- Jason Blake doesn’t have many friends.
- Jason Blake is autistic.
This story is written from Jason’s point of view -trying to fit in in a neurotypical world. What I loved about this book is that it is a perfect story for any middle schooler, or any person for that matter who has struggled with fitting in, regardless of a special need or disability. We all have fears about what people think of us or how we are expected to act or react in a given situation. Jason is just like all of us.