Tuesday at the Library of Congress the remarkable Walter Dean Myers was officially presented as the new national ambassador for young people's literature. It is a splendid choice; not only are Myers' books wonderful, but as those who have seen him will attest, he is an outstanding speaker -- passionate, funny, smart, and amazing. His commitment to young readers, literacy, and literature is remarkable and he will be an incredible role model to adults and children alike.
Myers' range as a writer is remarkable. Some of his many distinguished books include:
- We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart , a powerful picture book focusing on particular aspects of American history, illustrated by his son Christopher Myers.
- Monster, an award-winning and disturbing look at a possible young murderer in the unique style of a screenplay.
- Kick with Ross Workman, a thriller featuring soccer. (The story behind this novel is a great one -- Workman, a high school student, wrote Myers a fan letter and Myers wrote back suggesting they write a story together. They did and this is the result.)
- Harlem, a poetic recognition of people and a neighborhood over time.