The American Library Association announced its 2010 Youth Media Awards this week. One of the awards, the Schneider Family Book award “honors an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.”
This year’s Schneider Family Book award for children’s books was awarded to “The Pirate of Kindergarten” by by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril (find it at a library or buy it from Amazon). The book is about a young girl, Ginny, who struggles in kindergarten because she is seeing double. Glasses and an eye patch help her to see better, and become the pirate of kindergarten.
I have not read this book, but will be seeking it out from our library to read with Zoe. Has anyone else read it?
Thank you to Joanna for posting this on the Little Four Eyes facebook group. And congratulations, and thank you to George Ella Lyon and Lynne Avril!
We own this book and Stella loves it. Best part: Ginny doesn’t get made fun of for her patch (only a little bit before getting her patch for making mistakes related to double vision). In this book, the patch is a very happy ending.
I hope to pick it up tomorrow at our library. Hooray for patching!
Thank you to Joanna for posting this and for sending me the nice email. I feel so honored to have received the Schneider Award with George Ella Lyon. This is truly one of my most favorite books that I have illustrated. It is dedicated to the grandson of one of my best friends, who has also had to deal with double vision. I hope you will all enjoy this book, and thank you!
Very CUTE cover illustration =) Makes me want to go out and buy it… I know I shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but I do =) Will put a request to have our library purchace a copy!!!