These 6 Titles Just Scored A Major Honor From We Need Diverse Books
By Kerri Jarema
The literary non-profit We Need Diverse Books has announced the winners and honorees of the fourth annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature, and if you haven't read them yet you're going to want to add them to your 2019 to-be-read pile immediately. The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers — writer of classic children's books including Monster — who was an early champion of diversity in children's books.
It's only fitting, then, that this year's award winners and honorees deal with some of the biggest issues of our time: the refugee crisis, police brutality and the killing of unarmed Black people, life as an Latinx-American in the age of the immigration crisis, mental health, and more.
WNDB will also be donating a minimum of 2,000 copies of each of the 2019 Walter Award-winning titles, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes, to schools with limited budgets across the United States, helping to insure that these crucial books get into the hands of the kids who need them most.
The Walter Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, March 29, 2019, in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The event will be free to the public. To find out more info on how to RSVP, check out We Need Diverse Books on Twitter. But you don't have to wait until March to start reading all of the winning books. Check out more details on each title below: