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You Should Read Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers is a prolific writer of young adult and middle-grade children’s literature.  The problem is, you might not have heard of him.  WDM’s many titles include:

  • Monster
  • Sunrise over Fallujah
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother
  • All the Right Stuff
  • and many more

Walter Dean Myers Unconventioinal LibrarianWDM’s writing is good and his work has been awarded countless awards.

That’s because Myers is African  American, his audience is primarily African American children, and his characters are primarily African American or other minorities.  So, unless you’re an avid read of the YA genre, or African American or an educator, you probably haven’t heard of him.

Now you have. And now you should get acquainted with his work.  His work is powerful and speaks to not only those of color but to those who want to do better with their lives or don’t understand why things work the way they do.

Does that sound like you?

That’s because it IS you.

Everyone can benefit from reading a Walter Dean Myers title or two.

I just finished All the Right Stuff, his latest release.

See below as Cleo takes a break from supervising my reading of All the Right Stuff.

Unconventional Librarian All The Right Stuff

I love this book and d’you know why? It’s smart and it makes you think!  Young Paul lives in Harlem and gets a summer job at a soup kitchen where he learns not only how to make soup but how to evaluate his place in the world and how to engage in intelligent conversation about how to change the world for the better.

Any child can relate to this book, not just an African American child or a child who lives in Harlem or another impoverished neighborhood.  Any child who must make a choice between doing good and doing wrong can appreciate the choices Paul has to make.

I can’t recommend this book enough.  Look in your bookshelf; there’s prolly an old copy of a WDM book lying around from a required reading assignment.  Pick it up and read it.  It’ll make you think.  Meanwhile? I’m going to do the same…

I give this book four paws for honest portrayal of young African Americans.

Unconventional Librarian 4paws

 

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Good Writers Live in Our Hearts Forever: Maya Angelou and Walter Dean Myers

It’s true: while we want our fave writers to live forever, it’s just not possible. I mean, realistically, what would it be like if Shakespeare was still alive today? He’d be like 350 years old right? The thing is, writers never really die. Their legacies live on forever in our hearts. Your fave line or illustration will always make you smile; that’s why it’s your favorite.

We’ve lost two memorable writers of color this year: Maya Angelou and Walter Dean Myers.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
— Maya Angelou

 

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I’ve reviewed Myers’ books before.  Take a look herehere, here, and here. I’ve read most of Maya Angelou’s books, too, I just haven’t reviewed them. Guess we should rectify that.

 

“We all think we’re different, but when it comes around, we end up needing the same things. Somebody to love us. Somebody to respect us.” 
— Walter Dean Myers (Carmen)

 

Thanks for always giving us a good word, Maya and Walter and for showing the world that people of color do have a voice and it’s relevant.

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Children Diversity Reviews Young Adult

Why You Should Read Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers is a prolific writer of young adult and middle grade children’s literature.  The problem is, you might not have heard of him.  WDM’s many titles include:

  • Monster
  • Sunrise over Fallujah
  • Autobiography of My Dead Brother
  • All the Right Stuff
  • and many many more

Walter Dean Myers Unconventioinal LibrarianWDM’s writing is good and his work has been awarded countless awards.  Currently he is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position that strives to raise literacy awareness.  So, if he’s so important, why have you probably not heard of him?

That’s because Myers is African  American, his audience is primarily African American children, and his characters are primarily African American or other minorities.  So, unless you’re an avid read of the YA genre, or African American or an educator, you probably haven’t heard of him.

But now you have. And now you should get acquainted with his work.  His work is powerful and speaks to not only those of color, but to those who want to do better with their lives or don’t understand why things work the way they do.

Does that sound like you?

That’s because it IS you.

Everyone can benefit from reading a Walter Dean Myers title or two.

I just finished All the Right Stuff, his latest release.

See below as Cleo takes a break from supervising my reading of All the Right Stuff.

Unconventional Librarian All The Right Stuff

I love this book and d’you know why? It’s smart and it makes you think!  Young Paul lives in Harlem and gets a summer job at a soup kitchen where he learns not only how to make soup but how to evaluate his place in the world and how to engage in intelligent conversation about how to change the world for the better.

Any child can relate to this book, not just an African American child or a child who lives in Harlem or another impoverished neighborhood.  Any child who must make a choice between doing good and doing wrong can appreciate the choices Paul has to make.

I can’t recommend this book enough.  Look in your bookshelf; there’s prolly an old copy of a WDM book lying around from a required reading assignment.  Pick it up and read it.  It’ll make you think.  Meanwhile? I’m going to do the same…

I give this book four paws for honest portrayal of young African Americans.

Unconventional Librarian 4paws

 

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what should i read next?

Hi friends! I have a rare quick minute in which I’m not scheduled to read a book and i wanna read a kids book! Problem is, i have seven on my MUST READ NOW list and i can’t decide.  Can you help me pick what i should read next?

Here are the choices:

unconventional librarian

From the bottom:

  • Son, the final book in Lois Lowry’s The Giver quartet
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green (my bf) and David Levithan
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green (my bf)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (famous famous writer)
  • The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano (Maria from Sesame Street!)
  • STAT by Amar’e Stoudemire (famous basketball guy)
  • All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature)

 

Help me choose, they all look SO GOOD!

p.s i smell a giveaway…