The big news in the library world last week was that author Jason Reynolds was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for the years 2020-2021. This means he’ll be traveling around the country visiting libraries, schools, and other places where young people congregate to inspire kids to read and tell their own stories through his platform, “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story”. He will partner with StoryCorps to record interviews with students while on tour and create a true story archive of America’s children. These recordings will be housed in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Jason Reynolds is the author of 13 books for young people including his most recent, “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks.” He is a Newbery and Prinz Honor recipient and a National Book Award finalist. He succeeds Jacqueline Woodson, and is the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book council and Every Child a Reader.
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