[Thursday] morning, The Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award Winner for her memoir-in-verse Brown Girl Dreaming, as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
Woodson spoke with The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly for pieces to coincide with the announcement.
If You Come Softly was her first book with Penguin and one of my all-time favorites; this lyrical story of star crossed love is just as powerful and more timely than ever.
This year, watch for a new picture book and a new middle grade novel from Jacqueline Woodson!
NPR’s “All Things Considered” will interview Woodson and outgoing Young People’s Literature Ambassador Gene Luen Yang for a piece to run on Tuesday, January 9, the same day that Woodson will be inaugurated at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. by Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden. Mark your calendars.
–from PNW Penguin Young Readers sales rep Colleen Conway