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Drawing Comfort from Shared Reading

I last saw my eldest son Rory (aged twenty-three) in person at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It was February, and he was performing in the opening event for the exhibit “Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent.” Rory’s role was to read McKeller’s letters as part of a...

2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Christopher Myers on behalf of Walter Dean Myers

Hey Pop,It’s been a minute since I’ve written you a proper letter, mostly because I don’t know your address or even if they have email wherever you are.When you were around, we’d write each other lots of letters, even if we knew we’d be meeting up for breakfast the next...

Walter Dean Myers's legacy

Librarian Sara Lissa Paulson was so inspired by the work of Walter Dean Myers that she wrote this new article for us. It's both a tribute to the man and a kick in the pants for publishers to create books for all children by all stripes of new authors and...

"There Is Work to Be Done" -Walter Dean Myers

It was difficult to accept Walter Dean Myers’s death last summer. Just months earlier, and almost exactly a year to this date, he brought the conversation, decades unresolved, to the general public, with his searing New York Times op-ed “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” He gave...

Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

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...

Walter Dean Myers on Fallen Angels

Photo by Constance MyersThis Q&A with author Walter Dean Myers appeared on the Zola Books blog on November 7th, 2013, and was shared with the Horn Book by Emma McKinstry of Goodman Media International, Inc. See Betty Carter's discussion of themes in Fallen Angels, its sequel Sunrise over Fallujah, and...

Review of Invasion

Invasion by Walter Dean MyersMiddle School, High School     Scholastic     218 pp.10/13     978-0-545-38428-5     $17.99e-book ed. 978-0-545-57659-8     $17.99When Josiah “Woody” Wedgewood enlists in the army, he is immediately sent to England to prepare for the Normandy invasion, harboring only vague ideas about the nature of war. But when he lands...

Walter Dean Myers's War "Trilogy"

In each of his three books about war — Invasion (2013), set during WWII; Fallen Angels (1988), Vietnam; and Sunrise over Fallujah (2008), the second Iraq War — Water Dean Myers asks readers to immerse themselves in a specific conflict from the point of view of a particular character. These...

Guess who?: Secrets revealed!

A. Arthur GeisertB. Cynthia RylantC. D.B. JohnsonD. Barry MoserE. Martha BrooksF. Marilyn NelsonG. Katherine PatersonH. Helen OxenburyI. Brian PinkneyJ. Bill Martin JrK. Peter SísL. Walter Dean MyersM. Christopher MyersN. Michael RosenO. Paul FleischmanP. AviQ. Lynne Rae PerkinsR. Jerry SpinelliS. Roger SuttonT. Caralyn and Mark Buehner (we think!)This post is part...

Following in Their Fathers’ Paths

When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.— Ashanti proverb (from In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall)In the late 1960s, modern African-American literature for children was just coming into its own. For some of us, the 1967 publication of Virginia Hamilton’s Zeely was...

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