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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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All My Rage
Book - 2022 Honor, Teen, 2023
Nominees: Sabaa Tahir
TEEN FIC TAH
Available in some locations
Choosing Brave
Choosing Brave
Choosing Brave How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement By Joy, Angela, 1975-
Book - 2022 Winner, Younger Readers, 2023
Nominees: Janelle Washington and Angela Joy
J B Till-Mobley, Mamie JOY
Available in some locations
Man Made Monsters
Book - 2022 Winner, Teen, 2023
Nominees: Andrea L. Rogers and Jeff Edwards
TEEN FIC ROG
Available in some locations
Star Child
Star Child
Star Child A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler By Zoboi, Ibi Aanu
Book - 2022 Honor, Younger Readers, 2023
Nominees: Ibi Zoboi
J B Butler, Octavia ZOB
Available in some locations
The Last Mapmaker
Book - 2022 Honor, Younger Readers, 2023
Nominees: Christina Soontornvat
J FIC SOO
Available in some locations
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School
Book - 2022 Honor, Teen, 2023
Nominees: Sonora Reyes
TEEN FIC REY
Available in some locations
Borders
Graphic Novel - 2021 Honor, Younger Readers, 2022
Nominees: Thomas King and Natasha Donovan
J GN KIN
Available in some locations
Firekeeper's Daughter
Book - 2021 Winner, Teen, 2022
Nominees: Angeline Boulley
TEEN FIC BOU
Available in some locations
Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Book - 2021 Honor, Teen, 2022
Nominees: Malinda Lo
TEEN FIC LO
Available in some locations
Red, White, and Whole
Book - 2021 Winner, Younger Readers, 2022
Nominees: Rajani LaRocca
J FIC LAR
Available in some locations
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