Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Ambassador


Katherine Paterson is named the next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, succeeding Jon Scieszka, who is the first person who held that post. The post of children’s ambassador was created by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature.

I have to confess, until a few weeks ago when I started reading about Jon Scieszka about to finish his term as the inaugural ambassador that I realized such a post existed. *shame faced* How could I not have known about this fabulous position? Well, Time to rectify my ignorance by keeping my ears out for the new ambassador's activities over the next couple of years.

6 comments:

Davin Malasarn said...

Fascinating! I had no idea such a post existed either! I wonder what the Ambassador does?

Bish Denham said...

I'm ashamed to say I was ignorant too, so don't feel bad.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I didn't know about it either until I started hearing about it on blogs. I'd never even heard of Jon Scieszka. At least I've read some of Katherine Patterson :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I had heard of Jon and the position in the LA Times in December. Here's link:
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-state-of-the-art13-2009dec13,0,5156728.story

Yat-Yee said...

Tricia: I had heard of Jon as an author but no as the ambassador. Thanks for the link. I'll have to pay better attention.

Kelly H-Y said...

I had no idea! Very cool!!