2020 Walter Awards

Inaugurated in 2016, 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 Walters include two categories: Teen (ages 13-18) and Younger Readers (ages 9-13).

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the We Need Diverse Books website.

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2020 Walter Award Winner, Teen Category

2020 Walter Honor Books, Teen Category

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
With the fire on high by Elizabeth Acevedo

2020 Walter Award Winner, Younger Readers Category

The bridge home by Padma Venkatraman

2020 Walter Honor Books, Younger Readers Category

A good kind of trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
Other words for home by Jasmine Warga