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About the Program

Every two years, a beloved and respected children’s book creator is appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

The National Ambassador travels nationwide over the course of his or her two-year term, showing kids and teens that reading is a vital part of their lives, and speaking to parents, teachers, librarians—everyone invested in young people’s literacy—about how to better connect with kids and teens and help them love reading.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Program was established in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Every Child a Reader, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (CFB). The program is administered by Every Child a Reader. Over the last eight years, the National Ambassador Program has reached millions of young readers and their caregivers in the United States.

Gene Luen Yang joins the ranks of children’s literary icons Jon ScieszkaKatherine PatersonWalter Dean Myers, and Kate DiCamillo as the fifth National Ambassador.

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