Those of us who attended the Corretta Scott King breakfast at ALA in June wondered why Walter Dean Myers was not there to accept his award. His editor accepted it in his name. Early in July we discovered why. The Children's Book World was shocked by the information that one of our giants had died.
There have been many tributes to him. Here are links to a few:
Lyn Miller-Lachmann -- We've Lost a Library
Fuse #8 Production blog on the School Library Journal Website
And here's his biography on the Walter Dean Myers' website