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The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Award

Posted on: March 5, 2013

What do you know about The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Award? According to the official website, the award was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. The Librarian of Congress designates an author to serve a two-year term. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children. Ambassadors travel the country working to raise awareness that children’s books are important to literacy and education.

So far, three authors have been recipient of the award. The first was Jon Scieszka, the author of witty and subversive children’s favorites like The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. You can read more about his experience in an article he posted at The Huffington Post.

The second recipient was Katherine Paterson. In addition to Bridge to Terabithia, Paterson is best known for her books: The Master Puppeteer, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I Loved. She has tackled subjects ranging from sibling rivalry, foster care, death of loved ones, and refugees from Kosovo moving to America. You can read more about her ceremony in an article by The Washington Post.

The third recipient, announced in 2012, is Walter Dean Myers. In February, I compiled chapters summaries from his biography Bad Boy and reviewed several of his books including award-winners Scorpions, Monster, and Lockdown. Myers is known for his ability to use words to convince ones of his cause. He is also a proponent of telling students “reading is not optional”. You can read more about his honor at Publishers Weekly.

What books have you read by these authors? What do you think of these authors as ambassadors?

2 Responses to "The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Award"

I’ve read at least these books by Katherine Paterson: The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, The Bridge to Terabithia, the Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, and Park’s Quest. I think that she’s a good choice for a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

You’ve read more of her books than I have! I have some catching up to do. 🙂

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