What is a National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature you might ask? Besides my dream job, it’s a position that Jon Scieszka held the past two years for. The ambassadorship was created by the Library of Congress to “raise awareness of the importance of young people’s books as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people”. (LOVE IT!). Scieszka’s platform (platform cracks me up-it’s like a congressional candidate or beauty contestant) was to reach reluctant readers.
The books he has authored are certainly a good example of books that do reach out to reluctant readers, as well as readers of all ages and forms! From Knucklehead to The Stinky Cheese Man, Seen Art to Time Warp Trio, it’s nearly impossible to be a parent or elementary teacher and be unaware of Scieszka’s books. His tongue-in-cheek humor keeps me chuckling. Even his website, Jon Scieszka Worldwide (tagline: Facing tomorrow’s challenges today!) will have you chuckling.
Check out his annual report or any of his other graphics.
Check out his Guys Read website.
You’ll also find a link to the Superhero Supply Store in Brooklyn. If you haven’t heard of the Superhero Supply Store, come back tomorrow to read a post about it, 826 Valencia, and TED awards.
Scieszka’s LA Times Article“It’s All Good!” has a great run down of kids’ books from his tenure. Great list of books to add to your TBR list!
Maybe starting a Guys Read Field Office should be on the 2010 to-do list…hmmm…..