New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

January 3rd, 2012 by melissa y.

Walter Dean Myers has been selected as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  The Ambassador position is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term with help from a selection committee.  The position was created to support young people’s literacy and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong reading, especially in the younger years.

Walter Dean Myers is the third National Ambassador, and he succeeds Katherine Patterson in the post.  Jon Scieszka was the first Ambassador.  Myers is a prolific author of many award-winning young adult books.  His work is varied, but he is perhaps most well-known for his reality based fiction set in poor, urban areas.  Myers hopes to use his post as Ambassador to spotlight the very real “reading crisis” in certain communities.

Myers will begin his post formally on January 10, 2012.


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One Response

  1. Rachel

    Thanks for sharing! Mr Myers came to our middle school last year and the kids just loved him. Without a doubt, he’ll do wonderful things in this new post.