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 Winner, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: Jewell Parker Rhodes
jFIC RHO
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Monday's Not Coming
Book - 2018 Honor, Teen, 2019
Nominees: Tiffany D. Jackson
TEEN FIC JAC
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The Astonishing Color of After
Book - 2018 Honor, Teen, 2019
Nominees: Emily X. R. Pan
TEEN FIC PAN
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The Night Diary
Book - 2018 Honor, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: Veera Hiranandani
jFIC HIR
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The Poet X
Book - 2018 Winner, Teen, 2019
Nominees: Elizabeth Acevedo
TEEN FIC ACE
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They Call Me Güero
Book - 2018 Honor, Young Readers, 2019
Nominees: David Bowles
jFIC BOW
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Disappeared
Book - 2017 Honor, Teen, 2018
Nominees: Francisco X. Stork
TEEN FIC STO
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Forest World
Book - 2017 Honor, Young Readers, 2018
Nominees: Margarita Engle
jFIC ENG
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Long Way Down
Book - 2017 Winner, Teen, 2018
Nominees: Jason Reynolds
TEEN FIC REY
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Schomburg
Book - 2017 Winner, Young Readers, 2018
Nominees: Carole Boston Weatherford and Eric Velasquez
jB Schomburg WEA
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