Children's Literacy and Reading Round-Up: January 4
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Celebrating the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Nat-ambassador Yesterday, Mary Lee and Franki from A Year of Reading hosted a Kidlitosphere-wide celebration of outgoing National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka. You can find my appreciation post for Mr. Scieszka at Booklights. But do stop by A Year of Reading to find links to dozens of other posts, all celebrating Scieszka, reading and children's literacy in general.

Today, Franki and Mary Lee shared Jon Scieska's response to this blogfest. Here's my favorite part:

"I am stunned with gratitude. This is exactly why I love our world of kids' books – the amazing bunch of people in it."

Can't argue with that! But do click through to read the whole thing.  

Today, the new National Ambassador was announced. Katherine Paterson will succeed Jon Scieszka. The New York Times has a detailed profile of Ms. Paterson. I've read many of Katerine Paterson's books, most recently Bread and Roses, Too (reviewed here). I adore both book and movie versions of Bridge to Terabithia (though I think that the book is better), and I'm quite fond of The Great Gilly Hopkins. She has chosen "Read for Your Life" as the theme of her platform as Ambassador. I can't wait to see what she will accomplish as our second National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.