The Library of Congress has announced that author Jason Reynolds will serve as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020 and 2021. He will be the seventh children’s book writer to hold this title, which was created in 2008. Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Walter Dean Myers, Kate DiCamillo, Gene Luen Yang, and most recently, Jacqueline Woodson have served the two-year term.
Jason Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling novelist and poet who has published 15 books for middle graders and young adults, including Ghost (2016), Long Way Down (2018), and Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks (2019). His work has been named a National Book Award finalist multiple times, and he has won a Printz Honor, a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, and three Coretta Scott King Award honors.
Reynolds’ inauguration ceremony will take place on January 16 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The SCBWI wishes a hearty congratulations to this talented artist and icon.