Ambassador of Young People’s Literature is always an exciting announcement to me. Walter Dean Myers is this year’s ambassador and I love his platform “Reading is not an Option!”. In his School Library Journal there is a great interview. He was quoted as saying “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.”
Myers an amazing author who I’ve had the privilege of hearing talk and have him autograph books.