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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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Amost American girl
Amost American girl
Amost American girl
Book Honor, Teen, 2021
Nominees: Robin Ha
Everything Sad Is Untrue
Book - 2020 Honor, Younger Readers, 2021
Nominees: Daniel Nayeri
J FIC NAY
Available in some locations
King and the Dragonflies
Book - 2020 Honor, Younger Readers, 2021
Nominees: Kacen Callender
J FIC CAL
Available in some locations
Punching the Air
Book - 2020 Winner, Teen, 2021
Nominees: Yusef Salaam, Omar T. Pasha and Ibi Zoboi
TEEN FIC ZOB
Available in some locations
We are not free
We are not free
We are not free
Book Honor, Teen, 2021
Nominees: Tracie Chee
When Stars Are Scattered
eBook - 2020 Winner, Younger Readers, 2021
Nominees: Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed and Imam Geddy
EBOOK AXIS 360
A Good Kind of Trouble
Book - 2019 Honor, Younger Readers, 2020
Nominees: Lisa Moore Ramée.
J FIC RAM
Available in some locations
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me
eBook - 2019 Winner, Teen, 2020
Nominees: Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
EBOOK AXIS 360
Other Words for Home
Book - 2019 Honor, Younger Readers, 2020
Nominees: Jasmine Warga
J FIC WAR
Available in some locations
Pet
Book - 2019 Honor, Teen, 2020
Nominees: Akwaeke Emezi
TEEN FIC EME
Available in some locations
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