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.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Walter Award Winner, Teen Category

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the Alex Awards. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Alex Award to books written for adults that will likely appeal to young adults. 

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Alex Winners

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Young Adult Library Services Association honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

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2020 YALSA Nonfiction Winner

Free lunch by Rex Ogle

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the William C. Morris Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Morris to a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. 

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Morris Award Winner

There exists no universal story of immigration, no book that encapsulates every aspect of crossing over. However, these authors have drawn on their experiences, or those of their family, to create thoughtful portraits of moving to America. The titles below, some fiction and some non-fiction, explore the joys and struggles of immigration through a first-hand lens. Check one out today.

American street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the Michael L. Printz Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Printz to the books that exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature. 

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Printz Award Winner

Dig by 1970- A. S. (Amy Sarig) King

For the past several years, the Canton Public Library has offered volunteer opportunities for tweens in grades 5-8 through our Tween Service Corps. Due to a lack of service opportunities, we will be suspending the Tween Service Corps at this time. If you need to fulfill volunteer hours, please consider PBJ Outreach and Open Door Food Ministry. These two organizations are local and accept volunteers of all ages. Thank you to all who have completed service hours at the library or who expressed interest in serving the CPL community.

Did you binge watch Looking For Alaska on Hulu? Already read the book it's based on? Try a book similar to John Green's novel below. 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from September 15-October 15. Celebrate with one of the following Young Adult titles featuring Hispanic main characters!

The closest I've come by Fred Aceves
Labyrinth lost by Zoraida Córdova

Modern life is messy, complicated, and often unforgiving. Explore the fictional lives of bold, eccentric women living in this modern world. 

Chemistry : a novel by Weike Wang
Convenience store woman by 1979- Sayaka Murata

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