This month, the Librarian of Congress named Walter Dean Myers the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He is also a five time Coretta Scott King Award winner and seven time honoree for young adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. (The poetry often features illustrations by his son Christopher Myers, an award-winner in his own right.) His books have also earned the Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature and multiple Newbery Honors, among other awards. He is best known for what is often called “urban lit,” which he has been writing since the 1970s and which was a major focus of the interview I heard on the radio this morning. In addition to these stories about contemporary city life, he is known for his war stories and his research into unusual historical topics. His stories for younger children are less well-known, but Me, Mop and the Moondance Kid often makes lists of recommended books for adopted children.
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