Any teacher who has read Love That Dog no doubt feels a strong connection to this sweet and talented man. I will forever think of his sense of humor during this reader's theatre performance of the book.
For those not as familiar with his work, in his career spanning over 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages. His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books, among MANY other honors, especially for his work representing African American boys in young adult literature. I highly recommend you honor him by picking up any of the following.
More info, including a short obituary can be found at his website.
Rest in peace, Mr. Walter Dean Myers.