Jason Reynolds Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Author Jason Reynolds has been named 2020-21 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He follows Jacqueline Woodson in the role.

Author Jason Reynolds has been named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-21.

Like his predecessors, he will travel around the country to visit young people. He will expand the mission, however, and not only try to inspire kids to read but also tell their own stories through his platform "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story."

“My mission is to take a different approach: Instead of explicitly encouraging young people to read, my goal is to get them to see the value in their own narratives—that they, too, have a story, and that there's power not just in telling it, but in the opportunity to do so,” the National Book Award finalist and recipient of a Newbery and Printz Honor said in a statement announcing his appointment. “I’m excited to create spaces around the country for this to happen—spaces where young people can step into their voices and become their own ambassadors.”

Reynolds succeeds Jacqueline Woodson in the post and is the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Read the full release below.

 

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