Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin . I was thrilled when it won the Schneider Family Book Award and wanted to learn more about that award. 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. Three annual awards are given in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0–8), middle school (age 9–13) and teens (age 14–18). This year the winners were: Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin; Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork; and Django by Bonnie Christensen.
Now that you know all of that you will understand how excited I was to go to the luncheon honoring the winners! I got to meet them and sat right next to Nora Raleigh Baskin, she was amazing and super nice (also her partner was super nice; he is also an art teacher). Listening to all the award winners talk about their books was wonderful. I am SO lucky.
And I got to meet....Rita Williams-Garcia, she was SO KIND to come meet me, I LOVE her book, One Crazy Summer (like almost everyone I meet), and she is really nice and a great teacher, I think I will be a better writer just from standing next to her.