We Need Diverse Books announced its picks for the second annual Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature for young adult writing. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell took home the 2017 Walter Award for March: Book Three.
Depicting the Civil Rights movement from fall of 1963 through the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, March: Book Three follows John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and fellow activists as they carry out a series of nonviolent protests to overcome local barriers and exercise their right to vote. March: Book Three recently won the National Book Award for best young adult literature. We Need Diverse Books will donate at least 2,000 copies of March: Book Three across the United States to schools with limited budgets.
The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers. Myers was the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed in 2012, as well as a champion of diversity in children’s and YA books. The Walter’s mission is to honor Myers’ memory and his literary heritage, as well as celebrate diversity in teen literature.
The award ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on March 31.