Who published myers first childrens book and why
Walter Dean Myers' Impact on Young Adult LiteratureI WRITE books for children, filled with the images I've accumulated over the years, with stories I've heard from my father and my grandfather. Many take place in the Harlem of my youth. The names of boyhood friends, Binky, Light Billy, Clyde, creep into the stories, and memories of them and of summer days playing endless games of stoopball next to the Church of the Master on Morningside Avenue keep the stories ever alive for me. I'm drawn to the eternal promise of childhood, and the flair of the young for capturing the essence of life. When I began writing for young people I was only vaguely aware of the problems with children's books as far as blacks were concerned.
Jocko Podcast 115 with Dakota Meyer - Into The Fire, and Beyond the Call of Duty
Obituary: Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers is a pioneer of young adult fiction. His novels about urban teens and the challenges they face have won him both a devoted readership and dozens of book awards. His eighty-plus titles include Monster, Scorpions, and a memoir of his own youth, Bad Boy. Children who share playgrounds with drug dealers and gangs. Teens struggling to maintain their dignity while living with poverty, violence and fear. Born in , Myers's own early life was marked by challenges, but they were those of a different era.
Whenever Walter Dean Myers wrote a book — and he published nearly of them for children and teens — he would ask his wife, Connie, to assemble a collage of related images that he hung above his desk. Myers, whose award-winning novels and non-fiction chronicled urban life, war and African-American history, died Tuesday at the age of His gritty and realistic novels for teens include Fallen Angels about the Vietnam War, Sunrise Over Fallujah about the Iraq war and Monster about a year-old boy charged with murder. Susan Katz, publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books, said in a statement that Myers' books "do not shy away from the sometimes gritty truth of growing up. He wrote books for the reader he once was, books he wanted to read when he was a teen.
Walter Dean Myers born Walter Milton Myers ; August 12, — July 1, was an American writer of children's books best known for young adult literature. He wrote more than one hundred books including picture books and nonfiction. Myers was the third U. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature , serving in and After his mother died while giving birth to his younger sister, Myers was given over to Florence Dean, the first wife of his biological father George Myers. Myers' life as a child centered on the neighborhood and the church. The neighborhood protected him and the church guided him.
He was Myers was born in Martinsburg, W. A speech impediment made class work more difficult and a teacher suggested that writing out words might help. Myers began writing poems and stories from that early time. He also found comfort in books, both reading them and having them read to him by his mother. He joined the army on his 17th birthday, as he realized there would be no money for him to go to college.