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Ambassador of Young People’s Literature January 7, 2012

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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.




As if he wasn’t already the coolest! January 8, 2010

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Jon Scieszka took the time to comment personally on each person who participated in A Year of Reading’s  Thank You Jon Scieszka’s Party. I love the picture of him and Franki from one of the Dublin Literacy Conference (this year’s is coming up February 20th and not to be missed!).

I love the videos that Fuse #8 has up.


New Ambassador: Katherine Patterson January 5, 2010

Katherine Patterson was named as the second National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Having just had the opportunity to hear her speak in October at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Saturday Reunion, I couldn’t be more thrilled. She is more than cut out to fill Sciesczka’s big shoes.  Patteron’s platform will be “read for your life!”

Check out the nice article over at New York Times or Publisher’s Weekly. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the NCBLA site, where Patterson is a vice president, they have some great resources for teachers, parents, and mentors.


Thank You Jon Scieszka! Ambassador Extraordinaire! December 31, 2009

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…..