Wednesday, January 6, 2010
National Ambassador of Young People's Literature
Thank you, those of you who commented yesterday and told me you hadn't known of such a position either; made me feel better.
Davin, you had a question about what this ambassador does. From the official site, the stated goal is for the ambassador to "raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature."
As far as I can tell, the ambassador makes appearances: at schools and libraries to meet with children and people who work with children. The other type of appearances, such as those as the White House, are to promote the idea to the public. Makes sense, I suppose, since an ambassador is someone who builds bridges and forge relationships.
Anyone else out there who cares to add to this?
I will try to follow the new ambassador's activities more closely now that I know of such a position and see if I can help promote it from my little corner.
On an aside, I am slightly baffled as to how someone like me, who is interested in children's lit, who tries to find out news events and other happenings related to children's lit, could have been in the dark for two years. Am I not plugged in enough? (The thought of getting any more plugged in is already causing discomfort) Or maybe this is too new a position?