New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to Be Announced on January 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will announce the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on January 2, 2014. The post was created in 2008 by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to literacy, education, and the development and betterment of children’s lives. Appointed for a two-year term, the National Ambassador will choose a platform that reflects his or her personal interests (also to be revealed on the announcement date) and advocate this policy throughout his or her travels and tenure.
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children. The members of this year’s selection committee were:
- Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2012-13
- Luann Toth, Managing Editor, Book Review, School Library Journal
- Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
- John Sexton, Assistant Library Director, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY
- John Schumacher, Teacher-Librarian, Brooks Forest Elementary, Oak Brook, IL
- Cathryn M. Mercier, Director, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature; Director, MA Children’s Literature & MFA Writing for Children degree programs; English Professor, Simmons College, Boston, MA
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader are the sponsors of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative. Financial support for the National Ambassador program is provided by Penguin Young Readers Group, Scholastic Inc., The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Random House Children’s Books, and Candlewick Press.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. With public and private sector support, the center carries out its mission through a national network of affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in cooperation with more than 80 national reading promotion partners such as the Children’s Book Council. The center plays a key role in the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival, held each year on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more information about the center, go to www.read.gov/cfb/.
The Children’s Book Council, established in 1945, is the nonprofit trade association of publishers of trade books for children and young adults in the United States. The CBC promotes the use and enjoyment of trade books for young people, most prominently as the official sponsor of Children’s Book Week, the longest running literacy event in the country. The goal of the Children’s Book Council is to make the reading and enjoyment of books for young people an essential part of America’s educational and social goals, as well as to enhance the public perception of the importance of reading by disseminating information about books for young people and about children’s book publishing. For more information about the CBC, please visit www.cbcbooks.org
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3)literacy foundation, the mission of which is to instill a lifelong love of reading in children. Every Child a Reader fulfills its mission by supporting positive programs and opportunities, such as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Children’s Choice Book Awards and Children’s Book Week, that help promote the enjoyment and importance of reading among America’s youth. For more information about Every Child a Reader, please visit www.ecarfoundation.org.
For more information about the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, go to www.ChildrensBookAmbassador.com.
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