The campaign #We Need Diverse Books (a nonprofit created in 2014 to address the lack of diverse representation in the children’s publishing industry) has announced the winner of its inaugural Walter Award for Outstanding Young Adult Literature. Named in honor of the prolific author and champion of diversity in young people’s writing, Walter Dean Meyers, the award aims to honor fiction or nonfiction books written “by diverse authors whose work feature[s] a diverse main character or address[es] diversity in a meaningful way.” Click on the winners to find a copy in our lending system!
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.
2016 Honor Books:
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age twenty, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice.
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margerita Engle
Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author’s life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother’s native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.