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!