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 FICTION NAYERI
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King and the Dragonflies
Book - 2020 | First edition Honor, Younger Readers, 2021
Nominees: Kacen Callender
Punching the Air
Book - 2020 | First edition Winner, Teen, 2021
Nominees: Yusef Salaam, Omar T. Pasha and Ibi Zoboi
TEEN ZOBOI
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
Not Currently Available.Holds: 0 on 1 copy
A Good Kind of Trouble
Book - 2019 | First Edition Honor, Younger Readers, 2020
Nominees: Lisa Moore Ramée.
J FICTION RAMEE
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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up With Me
Graphic Novel - 2019 | First edition Winner, Teen, 2020
Nominees: Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
GRAPHIC NOVEL TAMAKI
All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies
Other Words for Home
Book - 2019 | First edition Honor, Younger Readers, 2020
Nominees: Jasmine Warga
J FICTION WARGA
Available in some locations
Pet
Book - 2019 | First edition Honor, Teen, 2020
Nominees: Akwaeke Emezi
TEEN EMEZI
Available in some locations
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