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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Walter Award for Outstanding Children's Literature

This guide is a starting place for exploring children's and young adult literature

Walter 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).  The annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. Two to four Honor Books are also named annually. 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. . The We Need Diverse Books™  organization established The Walter award in 2016. 

The Walter Award Winner - Young Readers Category

The Walter Honor Books - Young Reader Category

The Walter Award Winner - Teen Category

The Walter Honor Books - Teen Category

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