Author Walter Dean Myers dies at 76

BY newsdesk  July 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM EST


Walter Dean Myers spoke with PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown in July 2012 about that role, and his goal to get more children reading.

Young adult and children’s author Walter Dean Myers has died at age 76.

Myers wrote over 100 books that include six Newbery Honor Books and three National Book Award finalists. In 2012, he became the first African-American selected as the Library of Congress’s National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature.

HarperCollins Children’s Books said Myers died Tuesday after a brief illness.