We Need Diverse Books announces the 2023 Walter Dean Myers Awards and Honor Books for Outstanding Children’s Literature Teen and Younger Readers Categories
January 10, 2023
BETHESDA, MD — The We Need Diverse Books Walter Awards Judging Committee has selected the Winners and Honorees for the eighth annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature.
The Awards comprise two categories: Teen (ages 13-18) and Younger Readers (ages 9-13). One Winner and two Honor Books in each category have been named.
2023 Walter Award, Teen Category
Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers and illustrated by Jeff Edwards
2023 Walter Honors, Teen Category
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes
2023 Walter Award, Younger Readers Category
Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement
by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington
2023 Walter Honors, Younger Readers Category
Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
The Walter Awards Ceremony and Symposium will be held Friday, March 17, 2023, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The event will begin at 10:30 AM, is open to the public, and will be livestreamed.
Award-winning Jacqueline Woodson, the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will serve as ceremony’s emcee. The ceremony will be preceded by a symposium on diversity in children’s literature. The symposium, titled “Books Saves Lives,” will be moderated by WNDB founding member, CEO, and award-winning writer Ellen Oh.
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 2023 Walter Awards Judging Committee: Ariana Hussain (Chair), Jeremiah Henderson (Vice Chair), Jennifer Bonilla, Rose Dawson, Jamie Kurumaji, Sara Martinez, Rachel Lee Rickard Rebellino, Juan Samperio, and Monica Valentine.
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