Jon Scieszka was just named the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature!
Scieszka's nomination for the new post, which Billington had to approve, came from a five-member committee of children's literature experts. Jewell Stoddard, who runs the children's section of Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore, was one of them. Scieszka was a good choice, she said, both because he's already "on a mission to promote reading among young boys" and because "he's a wonderful speaker and lots of fun."
He is definitely a big favorite around here.