The Carle Museum sends their congratulations to Katherine Paterson, the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! In the next two years during her term, she’ll work to promote children’s literature and literacy across the country. Paterson, who has made tremendous contributions both with her award-winning books and service to the children’s literature community, is a perfect choice for the job. You can read more about Paterson and her new position in this wonderful New York Times article by Motoko Rich here.
We were lucky enough to host previous ambassador, Jon Scieszka, here at The Carle for an educator appreciation night and booksigning last year. Scieszka had teachers and librarians howling in their seats with stories of his own teaching days and childhood memories while Mo Willems doodled cariactures of him in the audience. And in case you were wondering, yes, Scieszka really did wear his ambassador medal the whole time.
Although fairly new, the position of National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature does so much to relate to children and create lifelong readers. We are looking forward to the work Katherine Paterson will do as ambassador and wish her the best of luck. Congratulations!