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WALTER DEAN MYERS
BIOGRAPHY
CHILDHOOD

 Born August 12, 1937-Martinsburg, West
  Virginia
 Foster parents – Florence and Herbert Dean

 Moved to Harlem (age 3)

 Became a bookworm

 Dropped out of high school (age 16)

 Joined U.S. army
BECOMING A WRITER
 1968: Won the Council on
  Interracial Books for Children
  contest
 1969: First published book—Where
  Does the Day Go?
 1970s: BA at Empire State College
 1977: Writing full time
 Now lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
     Married, has 3 grown children
     Has worked with son Christopher
WORKS BY MYERS
 Over 80 titles
 Range of Genres for
  varying ages
 Picture books
  (illustrated by son,
  Christopher Myers)
 Non-fiction
 Fiction
 Poetry
 Memoirs
WORKS BY MYERS
   Themes
     Adolescence
     The ‘hood’ inner city
      experience
     Dealing with pressure
     Sports
     Drugs
     Love
     Family
     Harlem Culture
     Music
MONSTER (1999)
   Coretta Scott King
    Honor (Author)
   ALA Best Book for
    Young Adults
   ALA Quick Pick for
    Reluctant Young Adult
    Readers
   Kentucky Bluegrass
    Award
   ALA Best Book for
    Young Adults
   ALA Quick Pick for
    Reluctant Young Adult
    Readers
AWARDS
   Newbery Honor Books
     Scorpions 1988
     Somewhere in the Darkness 1993
   Coretta Scott King Awards
     The Young Landlords 1979
     Motown and Didi: A Love Story 1984
     Fallen Angels 1989
     Now is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for
      Freedom 1991
     Slam! 1997
     Monster 2000
AWARDS
   Caldecott Honor Book
     Harlem:   A Poem (son Christopher Illustrated)
 4 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement
  Award given by the American Library
  Association 1994
 Recipient of the first annual Virginia Hamilton
  Literary Award, has been a versatile and prolific
  writer for more than 30 years
RESOURCES
   http://www.walterdeanmyers.net/
     His own website: bio, bibliography, reviews, news (appearances), contact
    info
    http://aalbc.com/authors/walter1.htm
    Biography and sample of Books
    http://www.notablebiographies.com/news/Li-Ou/Myers-Walter-Dean.html
    Biography
    http://dept.kent.edu/Virginiahamiltonconf/Myersbio.htm
    Biography
    http://www.bookpage.com/0102bp/walter_dean_myers.html
    Interview
    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/myersw
    Video Interview
    http://www.webenglishteacher.com/myers.html
    Lesson plans to use with his books
QUOTES
   On reading: “Books took me, not so much to foreign
    lands and fanciful adventures, but to a place within
    myself that I have been constantly exploring ever since.”
    (http://aalbc.com/authors/walter1.htm)

   On writing: “What I think I'm doing now is rediscovering
    the innocence of children that I once took for granted. I
    cannot relive it or reclaim it, but I can expose it and
    celebrate it in the books I write. I really like people—I
    mean, I really like people—and children are some of the
    best people I know.”
    (http://aalbc.com/authors/walter1.htm)

				
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