Paterson announced as Children’s Ambassador

January 7, 2010

On Tuesday, at a ceremony at the Library of Congress, Librarian of Congress

Ambassador Paterson. Photo: Abby Brack

 James H. Billington officially named Newbery Award winner Katherine Paterson as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. PW’s Children’s Bookshelf posted: Children’s Literature Gets a New Ambassador.

The post of children’s ambassador was created by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book to raise awareness of the importance of children’s literature.  Paterson is succeeding the first children’s ambassador, Jon Scieszka, for the two-year position.  A six-member committee chose Paterson based on her “contribution to young people’s literature and her ability to relate to children.”

Scieszka’s ambassadorial platform was to reach reluctant readers.  Paterson’s is to “read for your life.”

With books, she said, kids (and adults) use their “powers of intellect and imagination” and experience “delight.” Stories also teach children about people from other religions, races, and countries, said Paterson, who spent the first three years of her life living in China with her missionary parents. “Books help us make friends who are different from ourselves.”

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posting by Lorraine

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