What an honor it was to work with We Need Diverse Books on their annual symposium and award ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013), authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, and was a three-time National Book Award finalist. Throughout his prolific, lauded career, Myers was a life-long champion of diversity in children’s and young adult books.
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 2016 and 2017 Walter Award and Honor Books represented young adult titles only. The 2018 Walters include two categories: Teen (ages 13-18) and Younger Readers (ages 9-13). Future Walters will include both categories.
- AV: RMS
- Awards: Imagine the Possibilities
- Caterer: ILC Catering & Events
- Graphic Designer: Phyllis Sa
- Hotel: Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, D.C.
- Printer: Prestone Press (programs)
- Venue: Library of Congress, Madison Building