Walter Dean Myers Author Study
Learn more about Walter Dean Myers and his many books for children and young adults.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, Jazz, and Harlem. He was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia on August 12, 1937, and died on July 1, 2014, in New York City.
Considered one of the preeminent writers for children, Mr. Myers received dozen of awards and honors for his work. Mr. Myers won two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author for a "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."
In 2012, Walter Dean Myers was named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The National Ambassador program, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council, selects candidates based on their contribution to young people’s literature and their ability to relate to children.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of Walter Dean Myers and choosing a selection of his books to read — some of which have free teaching resources such as book talks, discussion guides, and extension activities.
Go to Scholastic's Author Study Guide to get more detailed information about conducting an author study and to download free printables. Students may want to visit Walter Dean Myers' website for more information on his books and life.
More than a dozen discussion questions for use with The Beast, by Walter Dean Myers. Plus a list of books to compare and contrast and another list of background reading.
Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers share the remarkable sights, sounds, and textures of a community and a way of life that has shaped the lives of thousands of Americans. Use this guide to encourage further discussion and exploration of the continuing legacy that is Harlem.
Zander and his friends, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi start their own newspaper, The Cruiser, as a means for speaking out, keeping the peace, and expressing what they believe. When the school launches a mock Civil War, Zander and his friends are forced to consider the true meaning of democracy and what it costs to stand up for a cause.
In The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier, Normandy, France, 1944 by Walter Dean Myers, Scott Collins grapples with many questions about the war. This discussion guide provides engaging activities related to the book that will help students learn more about World War II.
Walter Dean Myers's The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy takes readers on a journey herding cattle along the Chisholm Trail in 1871. This discussion guide will help engage students in the text as they learn about the reality of cattle herding in the 1800s.
Use this discussion guide to help students engage with the text and start to understand the themes of racism and discrimination as they read Walter Dean Myers' The Journal of Biddy Owens, the Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948.
Two wars. Two generations. A story that links them together. This discussion guide for Fallen Angels and Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers includes questions for discussion and comparison and suggestions for further reading.
Help students explore the many difficult issues of war with books that are appropriate for their age and level of understanding. This guide provides useful ideas for teaching as well as discussion questions that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.