Later today at the Library of Congress the remarkable Walter Dean Myers will be officially presented as our new national ambassador for young people’s literature. I am thrilled and delighted; not only are his books wonderful, but as those who have seen him will attest, he is an incredible speaker — passionate, funny, smart, and amazing. I’ve participated with Walter at a conference and have been fortunate enough to meet him a number of times. Always I’ve been blown away by his extraordinary commitment to young readers, literacy, and literature. He is a wonderful choice. My congratulations to Walter, the folks who recommended him, those involved with the position, his publishers, family, and everyone else involved. He will be an absolutely superb ambassador.