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Walter Dean Myers Author Study


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Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed The New York Times-bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over FallujahFallen 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.

Leading the Author Study

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 booktalks, discussion guides, and extension activities. Students may want to visit Walter Dean Myers's website for more information on his books and life.

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