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Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm | Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

2020 Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Awards​ ​for​ ​Outstanding ​Literature​

The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers who served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards. Throughout his prolific, lauded career, Myers was a life-long champion of diversity in children’s and young adult books.

Inaugurated in 2016 by the We Need Diverse Books initiative, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. Two to four Honor Books are also named annually.



Walter​ ​Award,​ ​Teen​ ​Category
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.

Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever.

Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.
Book | eBook

Walter​ ​Honors,​ ​Teen​ ​Category
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Walter​ ​Award,​ ​Younger​ ​Readers​ ​Category
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Life is harsh in Chennai’s teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Ruku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter—and friendship—on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city’s trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.
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Walter​ ​Honors,​ ​Younger​ ​Readers​ ​Category
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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Categories: Kids and Teens.

2020 Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Awards​ ​for​ ​Outstanding ​Literature​

The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers who served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards. Throughout his prolific, lauded career, Myers was a life-long champion of diversity in children’s and young adult books.

Inaugurated in 2016 by the We Need Diverse Books initiative, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. Two to four Honor Books are also named annually.



Walter​ ​Award,​ ​Teen​ ​Category
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.

Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever.

Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.
Book | eBook

Walter​ ​Honors,​ ​Teen​ ​Category
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook



Walter​ ​Award,​ ​Younger​ ​Readers​ ​Category
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Life is harsh in Chennai’s teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Ruku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter—and friendship—on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city’s trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.
Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

Walter​ ​Honors,​ ​Younger​ ​Readers​ ​Category
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée
Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Book | eBook | Audiobook CD | Download Audiobook

Categories: Kids and Teens.