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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Remembering Children’s Book Author Walter Dean Myers

Author Walter Dean Myers tours his old Harlem neighborhood in New York, Dec. 13, 2010. (Charles Sykes/AP)

Author Walter Dean Myers tours his old Harlem neighborhood in New York, Dec. 13, 2010. (Charles Sykes/AP)

Walter Dean Myers, the award-winning children’s book author and former ambassador for young people’s literature, died this week at the age of 76.

He was a longtime advocate of children’s reading. Earlier this year, he appeared on Here & Now with his son Christopher to discuss the lack of characters of color in children’s literature.

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

Children’s book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers. (Malin Fezehal)

We revisit that conversation with host Robin Young, as well as her 2012 interview with Walter Dean Myers about his career and what advice he had for young people who want to write books, as well as read them.

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