Friday, September 15, 2006


Walter Dean Myers is a writer of children's and young adult literature. Walter Dean Myers was born in West Virginia in 1937 but spent most of his childhood and young adult life in Harlem. He was raised by foster parents and remembers a happy but tumultuous life while going through his own teen years. Suffering with a speech impediment, he cultivated a habit of writing poetry and short stories and acquired an early love of reading.
Myers has won every award there is to win, click here to continue his bio his bibliography is the response to the question "What books can I buy for a black child?"


Where Does the Day Go? Leo Carty. New York: Parents Magazine Press, 1969.
The Dragon Takes a Wife. Illus. by Ann Grifalconi. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1972.
The Dancers. Illus. by Anne Rockwell. New York: Parents Magazine Press, 1972.
Fly, Jimmy, Fly! Illus. by Moneta Barnett. New York: Putnam, 1974.
The World of Work: A Guide to Choosing a Career. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff. New York: Viking, 1975.
Social Welfare. New York: F. Watts, 1976.
Brainstorm. Illus. with photographs by Chuck Freedman. New York: F. Watts, 1977.
Mojo and the Russians. New York: Viking, 1977.
Victory for Jamie. New York: Scholastic, 1977.
It Ain't All for Nothin'. New York: Viking, 1978.
The Young Landlords. New York: Viking, 1979.
The Black Pearl and the Ghost; or, One Mystery after Another. Illus. by Robert Quackenbush. New York: Viking, 1980.
The Golden Serpent. Illus. by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen. New York: Viking 1980.
Hoops. New York: Delacorte, 1981.
The Legend of Tarik. New York: Viking, 1981.
Won't Know Till I Get There. New York: Viking, 1982.
The Nicholas Factor. New York: Viking, 1983.
Tales of a Dead King. New York: Morrow, 1983.
Mr. Monkey and the Gotcha Bird. Illus. by Leslie Morrill. New York: Delacorte, 1984.
Motown and Didi: A Love Story. New York: Viking, 1984.
The Outside Shot. New York: Delacorte, 1984.
Sweet Illusions. Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1986.
Crystal. New York: Viking 1987.
Scorpions. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.
Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid. New York: Delacorte, 1988.
Fallen Angels. New York: Scholastic, 1988.
The Mouse Rap. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
Now is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
Somewhere in the Darkness. New York: Scholastic, 1992.
Mop, Moondance, and the Nagasaki Knights. New York: Delacorte, 1992.
The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary. New York: Scholastic, 1993.
Young Martin's Promise. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993.
A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1993.
Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.
The Glory Field. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
Darnell Rock Reporting. New York: Delacorte Press, 1994.
The Story of the Three Kingdoms. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
Shadow of the Red Moon. New York: Scholastic, 1995.
Glorious Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
The Dragon Takes a Wife. New York; Scholastic, 1995.
Smiffy Blue: Ace Crime Detective: The Case of the Missing Ruby and Other Stories. New York: Scholastic, 1996.
One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996.
How Mr. Monkey Saw the Whole World. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Monster. Illustrations by Christopher Myers. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
145th Street: Short Stories.New York : Delacorte Press, 2000.

Bad Boy: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali. New York : Scholastic Press, 2001.
The Beast. New York: Scholastic, 2003.
Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole. New York: Scholastic Press, 2004.

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices. Holiday House, 2004.

Shooter. New York: Harper Collins/Amistad, 2004.
Autobiography of My Dead Brother. New York: HarperTempest/Amistad, 2005.

Comments on his latest novel:
Autobiography of My Dead Brother
One assumes that Myers—black, male, striding through America’s cauldron—could create nothing less than Autobiography at this point in our history, when child violence introduces such lasting devastation. Myers speaks to that through this moving account of two black youngsters, one an aspiring artist and writer, the other merely ‘aspiring’. Close as brothers through childhood, they are separated finally only through choices, changes, and violence. Touching and impactful, Autobiography cannot fail to intrigue, and hopefully influence youngsters with its poignant statement of two roads taken.

If you play B-Ball, you want to be like Mike
If you write, you want to be like Dean

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