Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature

The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Awarded annually to recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. We Need Diverse Books defines “diverse” to be one or more of the following: a person of color, Native American, LGBTQIA, a person with a disability, and/or a member of a marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States.

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A Good Kind of Trouble
Book - 2019 | First edition. Honor, Young Readers, 2020
Nominees: Lisa Moore Ramée.
J RAMEE, L.
Available in some locations
Other Words for Home
Book - 2019 | First edition. Honor, Young Readers, 2020
Nominees: Jasmine Warga
J WARGA, J.
Available in some locations
The Bridge Home
Book - 2019 Winner, Young Readers, 2020
Nominees: Padma Venkatraman
J VENKATRAMAN, P.
Available in some locations
Ghost Boys
Book - 2018 | First edition. Winner, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: Jewell Parker Rhodes
J RHODES, J.
Available in some locations
The Night Diary
Book - 2018 Honor, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: Veera Hiranandani
J HIRANANDANI, V.
Available in some locations
They Call Me Güero
Book - 2018 | First edition. Honor, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: David Bowles
J811.6 BOWLES
Available in some locations
Forest World
Book - 2017 | First edition. Honor, Young Readers, 2018
Nominees: Margarita Engle
J ENGLE, M.
Available in some locations
Schomburg
Book - 2017 | First edition., Reinforced trade edition. Winner, Young Readers, 2018
Nominees: Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez
JB SCHOMBURG, A. A.
Available in some locations
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