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Walter Dean Myers

For Faith, the Unconquerable

Wayétu Moore | Posted 02.18.2017 | Parents
Wayétu Moore

Talking about race, in a way that truly impacts the psychological well-being of future generations in America, entails first examining ourselves, and digging into the many layers of our personal and familial journeys that contribute to the vast melting pot in which we live.

How Walter Dean Myers Taught Me To Stop Writing White

Sofia Quintero | Posted 11.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sofia Quintero

My reading had taught me that I could render feminist characters long before I learned that there was a word to describe girls who bucked narrow gender roles. However, I also had internalized the belief that to be a legitimate author, my characters had to be white.

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.21.2016 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.

Walter Dean Myers: 'Once I Began To Read, I Began To Exist'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Scholastic's Open a World of Possible, a book tied to the publisher's reading initiative aimed to donate books and ra...

The Power in the Palms of Our Hands: The Third Annual Literacy Across Harlem March

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 11.18.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

On Saturday, TEN will stage its third annual Literacy Across Harlem march. I spoke Joe Rogers to learn more about the march, his organization's work, and what advice he'd give young scholars.

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

Beloved Children's Book Author Dies At 76

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices

Author Walter Dean Myers died on Tuesday at the age of 76 after a brief illness, publisher HarperCollins said in a statement. Myers was the author...

5 Reasons Why Everybody Benefits From More Diverse Children's Books

Roxana Barillas | Posted 08.25.2014 | Education
Roxana Barillas

We know, and every study confirms, that strong reading skills are critical to a child's success in school. But kids won't simply take to reading just because they're told to. They need a way in.

Help Your Kids Find Books With Diverse Characters

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We know how challenging it can be for parents of children of color to find books in which characters of their ethnicity are represented -- and not limited to tired stereotypes or only relegated to minor characters.

When Values Collide with Business: Ethnicity in Children's Books

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Only 93 books published last year (less than three percent) featured black characters. The trend for other ethnicities fares no better.

What Is Literacy? The First Three National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature Answer

Katie Davis | Posted 03.26.2013 | Books
Katie Davis

I'm thrilled to share this special event with you in which Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers and I talk about literacy, reading for kids, slime, and ... Snooki (and, funnily enough, that was not a dig at Snooki. Or slime).

Teaching Kids, Books, and the Classics

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

Our classrooms are filled with all sorts of readers and need to be filled with all sorts of books, all sorts of writers, and all sorts of reading experiences.

Do Kids Still Read? A Family Dinner Table Talk

The Huffington Post | Sarah H. Lee | Posted 01.27.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: There's a new reading sheriff in town. As of Tuesday, Walter Dean M...

Walter Dean Myers, New Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.05.2012 | Books
Monica Edinger

His commitment to young readers, literacy, and literature is remarkable and he will be an incredible role model to adults and children alike.

The New National Ambassador For Young Readers

Posted 01.04.2012 | Books

This morning, Walter Dean Myers was appointed the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is an author of literature for young adult...

Tavis Smiley's "Too Important to Fail"

John Thompson | Posted 11.18.2011 | Education
John Thompson

As explained in "Too Important to Fail," the way we look at black boys is "America's litmus test." Smiley approaches the challenges facing black males with the good sense and good will of our nation's archetypical "Everyman." The result is a jewel of a documentary.