Last week, the world received the news of the death of Walter Dean Myers.

In the summer of 2011, I had the privilege of meeting and assisting him when he visited the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  I wrote about it here.

I’m finding it hard to put into words how I’m feeling.  As a reader, as a writer, and as a teacher, I have been profoundly influenced by Mr. Myers’ writing and I have seen first hand what his books do for children.  As a Graduate Assistant at VCFA, I had the opportunity to actually get to know him a bit, and the person he proved to be was just as kind and wonderful as I had imagined.

Since I’m having trouble writing about Mr. Myers (perhaps because I still refuse to believe he is no longer with us), I’m going to point you to two my favorite pieces about him so far.  Read Lyn Miller-Lachmann’s post here.  See what Felicia R. Lee of the New York Times wrote here. I love the photo of Mr. Myers included with that one.

Please add your thoughts and favorite links about Walter Dean Myers in the comments section.