Walter Dean Myers Awards presented by We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books is pleased to announce the 2021 Walter Awards winners and honorees.

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.

2021​ ​Walter​ ​Award,​ ​Teen​ ​Category

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, illustrated by Omar T. Pasha

2021 ​Walter​ ​Honors,​ ​Teen​ ​Category

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

2021 ​Walter​ ​Award,​ ​Younger​ ​Readers​ ​Category

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, with color by Iman Geddy

2021​ ​Walter​ ​Honors,​ ​Younger​ ​Readers​ ​Category

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

Books can be ordered below.

Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now or Recently
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

2021 Walter Award Winner - Teen Category


We Are Not Free Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358131434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now or Recently
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

2021 Walter Award Honor - Teen Category


Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
Availability: On Our Shelves Now or Recently
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

2021 Walter Award Honor - Teen Category


When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now or Recently
Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

2021 Walter Award Winner - Younger Readers Category


King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338129335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now or Recently
Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020

2021 Walter Award Honor - Younger Readers Category


Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646140008
Availability: On Our Shelves Now or Recently
Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

2021 Walter Award Honor - Younger Readers Category


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