Sunday, June 08, 2008

Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers Signed to Multi-Book Contract

Egmont USA announced that Walter Dean Myers, winner of two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards, will have two books on their Fall 2009 launch list. First is an historical novel. The second will be a picture book illustrated by Christopher Myers. This is the fourth picture book collaboration between this father-son team whose books include the Caldecott Honor Book, Harlem, blues journey and Jazz.

This also marks Walter Dean Myers's twentieth anniversary working with Regina Griffin, recently named Egmont's Executive Editor. Griffin edited many of Myers's books, including Somewhere in the Darkness (Scholastic), which received a Newbery Honor; and Jazz (Holiday House), which received a Coretta Scott King Honor.

Egmont USA will publish young adult and middle grade fiction and picture books. Sales and distribution is through Random House. Egmont USA is part of the Egmont Group with over 100 companies worldwide.