Walter Dean Myers:
National Ambassador for
Young People’s Literature


Walter Dean Myers books

AT–A–GLANCE
What is it?

Walter Dean Myers is the celebrated author of more than eighty books for young adults, and recipient of both the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the Coretta Scott King Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his literary contributions.

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 10 and up

Press Contact

Tracy van Straaten
tvanstraaten@scholastic.com
(212) 389-3786


star “Anytime Myers steps to the plate, you know there’s a chance he’ll hit it out of the park.”
Booklist, starred review


About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, Jazz, and Harlem. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and is the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author for a "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Mr. Myers is currently the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. Mr. Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Press Releases

Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature Medal

Press Coverage

Awards and Distinctions

  • Margaret A. Edwards Award for contribution to young adult literature, 1994
  • Michael L. Printz Award for Monster (HarperCollins), 2000
  • Inaugural recipient, Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2010
  • Five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award
  • Four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor
  • Two-time Newbery Honor recipient
  • Two-time National Book Award Finalist
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award

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