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Writers’ Reel: Remembering Walter Dean Myers


Last Tuesday, award-winning children’s book author Walter Dean Myers passed away at the age of 76. Myers wrote more than 100 children's books and was a strong advocate of diversity in children’s literature, recently penning the article, “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” for the New York Times. His list of honors includes a Michael L. Printz Award, a John Newbery Medal, and a Coretta Scott King Award for Authors. His words will live on for generations to come. Watch the author talk about his start as a young reader in this Reading Rockets video.

“I spent 10 years, 11 years in speech therapy. I couldn’t speak very well for most of my childhood life. So when I wasn’t playing ball or fighting someone I would be home with my books. My books were my friends.” – Walter Dean Myers