Congratulations to Walter Dean Myers, the New Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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.

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