We are terribly sad to learn of the death of Walter Dean Myers on Tuesday from pneumonia. As an author, his accolades are nearly too numerous to count: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Margaret A. Edwards Award winner, (first) Printz Award winner, Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, Newbery honoree, Boston Globe-Horn Book honoree, National Book Award finalist, and on. He wrote everything from gritty contemporary fiction and war-set historical fiction to short stories, memoir, poetry, picture books, nonfiction, and middle-school series — over one hundred books in total, and all of them beloved. He was a force for good in the children’s book world and will be sorely missed.
Some links from The Horn Book:
“Threads In Our Cultural Fabric” interview by Roger Sutton (from the June 1994 issue of School Library Journal).