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Walter Dean Myers: A Voice Worth Reading and Hearing

Leave it to the distinguished writer Walter Dean Myers to call attention to a statistic worthy of attention -- and change. Of 3,200 children's books published in 2013, only 93 were about black people. Read Myers' opinion piece in the New York Times and it will raise awareness about the need for meaningful characters who help young readers discover their own identities. As always, Myers states it well, and it applies to all: "What I wanted, needed really, was to become an integral and valued part of the mosaic that I saw around me."

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