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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Ghost Boys
Book - 2018 | First edition. Winner, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: Jewell Parker Rhodes
J RHODES, J.
Available in some locations
Monday's Not Coming
Book - 2018 | First edition. Honor, Teen, 2019
Nominees: Tiffany D. Jackson
YA FIC JACKSON, T.
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The Astonishing Color of After
Book - 2019 | First paperback edition. Honor, Teen, 2019
Nominees: Emily X. R. Pan
YA FIC PAN, E.
Available in some locations
The Night Diary
Book - 2018 Honor, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: Veera Hiranandani
J HIRANANDANI, V.
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The Poet X
Book - 2018 Winner, Teen, 2019
Nominees: Elizabeth Acevedo
YA FIC ACEVEDO, E.
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They Call Me Güero
Book - 2018 | First edition. Honor, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: David Bowles
J811.6 BOWLES
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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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