Reading Is Not OptionalIn his interview at School Library Journal he goes on to say:
The value of reading has escalated in my lifetime. As a young man, I saw families prosper without reading because there were always sufficient opportunities for willing workers who could follow simple instructions. This is no longer the case. Children who don’t read are, in the main, destined for lesser lives. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to change this.Actually, the whole interview makes me excited. Color me on board! Congratulations to Walter Dean Myers and best of luck!