Awards: WNDB Walter​s; 800-CEO-READ Biz Book of the Year

Winners and honor books have been announced by​ ​We​ ​Need​ ​Diverse​ ​Books​ for the Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Awards​ ​for​ ​Outstanding​ ​Children's​ ​Literature (the "Walters"). A ceremony​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​​ ​March​ ​16 at ​the​ ​Library​ ​of​ ​Congress, with ​National​ ​Ambassador​ ​for​ ​Young People's​ ​Literature ​Jacqueline​ ​Woodson ​as​ ​the​ emcee​ ​and​ ​guest speaker. This year's Walter Award honorees are:

Teenwinner: Long​ ​Way​ ​Down​ ​​by​ ​Jason​ ​Reynolds
Honor books: You​ ​Bring​ ​the​ ​Distant​ ​Near​​ ​by​ ​Mitali​ ​Perkins; and Disappeared​ ​​by​ ​Francisco​ ​X.​ ​Stork

Younger​ ​Readerswinner: Schomburg:​ ​The​ ​Man​ ​Who​ ​Built​ ​a​ ​Library​ ​​by​ ​Carole​ ​Boston​ ​Weatherford,​ ​illustrated​ ​by Eric​ ​Velasquez
Honor book:Forest​ ​World​ ​​by​ ​Margarita​ ​Engle

The​ ​Walter​ ​Awards​ ​Ceremony​ ​​will​ ​be​ ​preceded​ ​by​ ​​"Seen​ ​and​ ​Heard:​ ​The​ ​Power​ ​of​ ​Books," a​ ​symposium​ ​on​ ​diversity​ ​in​ ​children's​ ​literature,​ ​co-hosted by​ ​the​ ​Library​ ​of​ ​Congress and​ ​moderated​ ​by​ ​Newbery​ ​Medalist​  ​Linda​ ​Sue​ ​Park. WNDB​ ​will​ ​donate​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​2,000​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​each​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2018​ ​Walter​ ​Award-winning titles ​to​ ​schools​ ​with​ ​limited​ ​budgets​ ​across​ ​the​ ​United States.

"Significant​ ​changes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​publishing​ ​industry​ ​have​ ​been​ ​especially​ ​visible​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Walters," said ​Ellen​ ​Oh,​ ​founding​ ​director​ ​of​ ​WNDB.​ ​"The​ ​eligible​ ​titles​ ​submitted​ ​over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​three years​ ​since​ ​the​ ​awards'​ ​inception​ ​have​ ​increased​ ​dramatically,​ ​from​ ​50​ ​titles​ ​in​ ​2016,​ ​to​ ​almost 80​ ​in​ ​2017,​ ​to​ ​nearly​ ​200​ ​books​ ​that​ ​were​ ​considered​ ​for​ ​the​ ​2018​ ​Walters.​ ​The​ ​positive​ ​impact of​ ​the​ ​Walters​ ​feels​ ​like​ ​a​ ​fitting​ ​legacy​ ​to​ ​the​ ​late,​ ​great​ ​Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers."


Amy Goldstein won the 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year Award for Janesville: An American Story (S&S). The winner was announced at the company's annual industry gathering in New York City, where author Tom Peters was also given the fourth annual Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry.

"Goldstein's book presents an urgent, searing tale of the domino-decline of a proud and industrious community," said CEO Rebecca Schwartz. "Through Janesville we see the very human toll of what we as a country too often characterize as 'just business.' "

General manager Sally Haldorson added that Goldstein's book "tells a story about the majority of working people, people who most business books don't even nod at, and then only as people to manage: those who work on the shop floor or in the shopping mall, whose livelihoods became irrevocably compromised, whose 'side hustle' isn't a side hustle but the only way to buy groceries."

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