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H810G Author Presentations Rose Wongsarnpigoon , Megan Chamberlain and Hui Xin Tan. Walter Dean Myers. Biography. 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)

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H810g author presentations rose wongsarnpigoon megan chamberlain and hui xin tan

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Author Presentations

Rose Wongsarnpigoon , Megan Chamberlain and Hui Xin Tan

Walter Dean Myers


Biography

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

Childhood


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

Becoming a Writer


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


Works by myers1

  • Themes

    • Adolescence

    • The ‘hood’ inner city experience

    • Dealing with pressure

    • Sports

    • Drugs

    • Love

    • Family

    • Harlem Culture

    • Music

Works by Myers


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

Monster (1999)


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


Awards1

  • 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

Awards


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

Resources


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)

Quotes


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