Winners of the 2018 Walter Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature

Sarah Harrison Smith on January 12, 2018
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Yesterday, We Need Diverse Books, the non-profit whose motto is, “Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book,” announced the winners of the 2018 Walter Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature. The awards are named for Walter Dean Myers, author of Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz prize, as well as many other award-winning books.

From 2012 to 2013, Myers was National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature -- the role to which Jacqueline Woodson was just appointed. Woodson will present the Walter Awards at a ceremony in March at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

To qualify for an award, the book must be written, or co-written, by a diverse author, feature diverse characters, and address issues of diversity. Diversity is broadly defined to include race, disability, sexual orientation or marginalized religious or cultural affiliation. 

We Need Diverse Books will donate 2000 copies of each of the two award-winning books to limited-budget schools in the United States. 

Congratulations to all the winners and honorees!


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2018 Walter Award Winner, Teen Category:

Long Way Down

By Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

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2018 Walter Award Winner, Younger Readers Category:

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Candlewick Press)

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2018 Walter Honor Winner, Teen Category:

You Bring the Distant Near

By Mitali Perkins (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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2018 Walter Honor Winner, Teen Category:

Disappeared

By Francisco X. Stork (Arthur A. Levine Books)

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2018 Walter Honor Winner, Younger Readers Category:

Forest World

By Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)


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