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.