Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rest in Peace, Mr. Walter Dean Myers

Did you hear that beloved author Walter Dean Myers passed away yesterday??  I am so sad to lose this great author and poet!

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.

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers

Harlem by Walter Dean Myers

 Now is Your Time! The African American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers

More info, including a short obituary can be found at his website.

Rest in peace, Mr. Walter Dean Myers.

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