Walter Dean Myers won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest in 1969, which resulted in the publication of his first book, Where Does the Day Go? Since then, he won more awards than any author for young adults, and has been one of the most prolific writers, with more than 110 books to his credit.

He was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times and received two Newbery Honors. His book, Monster, was the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, a National Book Award Finalist, and a New York Times Bestseller. He delivered the 2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, a distinction reserved for an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of children’s literature. He also served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a post appointed by the Library of Congress.

Walter Dean Myers passed away in 2014.

Books by Walter Dean Myers

Juba! A Novel (Amistad)

The Cruisers (Scholastic Press)

Just Write: Here’s How! (HarperCollins)

Hoops (Delacorte)

Fallen Angels (Scholastic)

Game (Harper)

One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album (Harcourt)

Now is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom (Harper)

Autobiography of My Dead Brother (Amistad)