Jacqueline Woodson, author of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winning novel Brown Girl Dreaming, has been named the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
Jacqueline will spend the next two years as ambassador traveling nationwide promoting her platform, "READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What's Your Equation?)," which encourages young people to think about "the moment they're living in, the power they possess, and the impact reading can have on showing them ways in which they can create the hope and the change they want to see in the world."
The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature program was founded in 2008 and "highlights 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." Previous ambassadors were Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Kate DiCamillo and most recently, local author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang.
Congratulations Jacqueline. We look forward to seeing your amazing work!
See the original Shelf Awareness article and learn more about Jacqueline Woodson and her role as The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.