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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Disappeared
Book - 2017 Honor, Teen, 2018
Nominees: Francisco X. Stork
YA FIC STORK, F.
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Forest World
Book - 2017 | First edition. Honor, Young Readers, 2018
Nominees: Margarita Engle
J ENGLE, M.
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Long Way Down
Book - 2017 | First edition. Winner, Teen, 2018
Nominees: Jason Reynolds
YA FIC REYNOLDS, J.
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Schomburg
Book - 2017 | First edition., Reinforced trade edition. Winner, Young Readers, 2018
Nominees: Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez
JB SCHOMBURG, A. A.
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You Bring the Distant Near
Book - 2017 | First edition. Honor, Teen, 2018
Nominees: Mitali Perkins
YA FIC PERKINS, M.
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