The winners and honorees have been announced for the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature. Sponsored by We Need Diverse Books, the awards recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. This year's winners are:
Walter teen category winner
Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers, illustrated by Jeff Edwards (Levine Querido)
Walter teen category honors
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill)
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes (Balzer + Bray)
Walter young readers category winner
Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington (Roaring Brook Press)
Walter young readers category honors
Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick)
The Walter Awards Ceremony and Symposium will be held March 17 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m., is open to the public and will be livestreamed.
Author Jacqueline Woodson, the sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will serve as emcee. The ceremony will be preceded by "Books Save Lives," a symposium on diversity in children's literature, moderated by WNDB founding member, CEO and writer Ellen Oh.