Every two years the Library of Congress names a U.S. author or illustrator to be National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  This person raises 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.  On January 4, 2018 author Jacqueline Woodson was named the newest ambassador.  

Jacqueline Woodson is a National Book Award winner, two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, and four-time Newbery Honor winner among other honors.  She also recently completed a two-year stint as the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate 2015-2017.  The author/poet will spend her two-year term encouraging young people to “think about – and beyond – 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.”  CLICK HERE to see some of Woodson’s books for young people.

Past ambassadors include Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Kate DiCamillo, and Gene Luen Yang.  The ambassadorship is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader.  Congratulations to Ms. Woodson on this well-deserved honor!