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2020 Walter Awards Announced, Recognizing Diverse Authors and Characters

January 27, 2020 - 9:08am -- Dodie
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Other words for home

The We Need Diverse Books Walter Awards Judging Committee has selected the Winners and Honorees for the fifth annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature. These are:


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Mariko Tamaki (author) and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (illustrator)


Pet, Akwaeke Emezi

With the Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo

THE WALTER AWARD, Younger Readers Category

The Bridge Home, Padma Venkatraman

THE WALTER HONOR BOOKS, Younger Readers Category

A Good Kind of Trouble, Lisa Moore Ramée

Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga

The Walter Awards Ceremony and Symposium will be held Friday, March 13, 2020, in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Award-winning author Grace Lin will serve as Ceremony’s Emcee. Honored guest Christopher Myers, son of the late Walter Dean Myers, will speak at the Ceremony. The Walter Awards will also celebrate special guest Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop.

The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers was the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed in 2012 by the Library of Congress. He was a champion of diversity in children’s books. The Walter Awards commemorate Myers’ memory and his literary legacy, as well as celebrate diversity in children’s literature.

The 2020 Walter Awards Judging Committee consists of librarians and educators from across North America.