Walter Dean Myers is the recipient of the 1994 Margaret A. Edwards Award. This award honors an author whose work for young adults over a period of years has provided an authentic voice that illuminates their experiences and emotions and gives insight into their lives. The books of Walter Dean Myers have shown the lasting ability to speak to the young adult experience and to help readers become more aware of themselves and the world around them.
In presenting this award to Walter Dean Myers for Hoops, Motown & Didi, Fallen Angels, and Scorpions, the Young Adult Library Services Association recognizes that these books authentically portray African-American youth, but their appeal is not limited to any particular ethnic group. The writing of Walter Dean Myers illustrates the universality of the teenage experience in urban America.
In recognition of this outstanding contribution to literature for young adults, we present the 1994 Margaret A. Edwards Award to Walter Dean Myers.