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Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2012-2013

January 3, 2012

Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2012-2013

Today Walter Dean Myers will be named the national ambassador for young people’s literature, a sort of poet laureate of the children’s book world who tours the country for two years, speaking at schools and libraries about reading and literacy. Read more of the New York Times announcement.

Walter Dean Myers is a critically acclaimed author of books for young people. His award-winning body of work includes “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” “Fallen Angels,” “Monster,” “Somewhere in the Darkness” and “Harlem.” Myers has received two Newbery Honor Awards and five Coretta Scott King Awards. He is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature, given by the American Library Association) as well as the first recipient of Kent State University’s Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2008, he won the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. He is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people. Read more at

School Library Journal Interview

Reading Rockets Video Interview w/Walter Dean Myers

Publishers Weekly Industry News

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2012 7:42 am

    Thank you for mentioning Surviving to Thriving on your blog. Your blog is an excellent resource for educators.


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