According to the New York Times, best-selling childrenâ€™s book author, Walter Dean Myers, has died at the age of 76. His son, Christopher, stated he died at Beth Israel Medical Center after a brief illness.
His books usually portrayed portraits of young Blacks who battled troubles in their lives, whether in the streets, home and/or at school. Some of his titles includedÂ Monster, Lockdown, andÂ Fallen Angels.
â€śHe wrote about disenfranchised black kids, particularly boys, and he wrote about them with extraordinary honesty and also with compassion,â€ť Avi, a childrenâ€™s book author and a longtime friend of Myers, said in a telephone interview last week. â€śBesides his books, his legacy is his compassionate identity with these young people.â€ť
Myers was a three-time National Book Award nominee and received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for African American fiction five times. He served as national ambassador for young peopleâ€™s literature from 2012 to 2013, a position created in part by the Library of Congress.