Happy Birthday, Jon Scieszka!
Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca) is also the founder of Guys Read, a literacy program that encourages boys to become lifelong readers. Above all, his mission has been to connect with young readers by engaging their imagination and interests:
My platform has been to reach reluctant readers. And one of the best ways I found to motivate them is to connect them with reading that interests them, to expand the definition of reading to include humor, science fiction/fantasy, nonfiction, graphic novels, wordless books, audio books and comic books.
Check out Jon Scieszka and Lunch Lady creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka in their humorous intro video for the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala!