Jason Reynolds 7th National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason Reynolds!

Watch Jason's Inauguration at the Library of Congress

Events and Appearances

Submit a Proposal to Host Jason Reynolds in Spring 2022

Every Child a Reader and the Library of Congress are thrilled to continue working with Jason Reynolds and his team at Simon & Schuster for an additional year, as he extends his term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Jason will be able to continue empowering and connecting with kids via in-person events* in 2022 and proposals are now being accepted for a series of Spring appearances (most likely in April/May 2022). Read the full press release.

Every Child a Reader is currently accepting proposal submissions from schools interested in hosting an event with Jason Reynolds, the 7th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. If you are a bookstore, library, or other organization, please connect with a school or group of schools in your area to plan an event.

Reynolds will meet with students in small, underserved communities across the country during the third year of his term to have meaningful discussions with young people. Through his platform, GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story, he will connect with, listen to, and empower students in these communities to share their own stories and start their journey as storytellers.

Each event will follow a basic format that allows for Jason to interact directly with students. We will work with selected locations to personalize/modify.

Important Criteria for Proposals:

  • Audience for events should be in the 5th-12th grade range.
  • The location should have a system in place for how they will select two student interviewees in advance of the event.
  • Jason’s goal for the Ambassadorship is to visit small, underserved communities that don’t often have the opportunity to host authors.
  • Events must be private/available to students only.
  • Please complete this google form with your event proposal no later than December 1, 2021.

    *We will continue to closely monitor all health recommendations and guidelines as we plan for 2022. When needed, planned events will become virtual for the safety of all involved.


Check out the amazing places Jason has already been during his Ambassadorship.


2021 National Ambassador Appearances

December 1: Bronson Jr./Sr. High School (Bronson, MI)

December 2: Gowanda Central Schools (Gowanda, NY)

December 3: Bald Eagle Area High School (Wingate, PA)

December 10: Johnson High School 9th-Grade (Laredo, TX)

December 14: ESSDACK (McPherson, KS)

December 15: Marshall High School (Marshall, WI)

December 16: Yamhill Carlton School District (Yamhill, OR)

December 17: Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District (Los Fresnos, TX)

April 5: Virtual Event with Noble Middle School (North Berwick, ME)

April 6: Virtual Event with Castle Heights Elementary (Price, UT)

April 7: Virtual Event with Jefferson Street Campus, Neosho High School, and Neosho Junior High School (Neosho, MO)

April 8: Virtual Event with George Washington Elementary and Keokuk Middle School (Keokuk, IA)

April 27: Virtual Event with Methow Valley School District (Winthrop, WA)

April 28: Virtual Event with Gordo High School and Pickens County High School (Gordo, AL)

April 29: Virtual Event with Coalinga Middle School (Coalinga, CA)

April 30: Virtual Event with North Education Center School (New Hope, MN)


2020 National Ambassador Appearances

December 11: Virtual event with Red Cloud Schools (Pine Ridge, SD)

December 10: Virtual event with Sage Valley Junior High and Twin Spruce Junior High (Gillette, WY)

December 9: Virtual event with Stratton Elementary and Park Middle School (Beckley, WV)

December 8: Virtual event with Swansea Freshman Academy and Swansea High School (Swansea, SC)

December 4: Virtual event with JW Eater Junior High (Rantoul, IL)

December 3: Virtual event with Live Oak Middle School (Denham Springs, LA)

December 1: Virtual event with Leland Middle School and Leland High School (Leland, MS)

Spring/Summer: To connect with kids, Jason created a weekly video series and monthly newsletter.

January 16: Inauguration Ceremony at the Library of Congress. Watch it in full here.


Learn more about the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program.

Meet Jason Reynolds and hear about his inspiring platform, "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story"

Explore resources to GRAB THE MIC in your community.

Find out where Jason Reynolds is traveling during his two year term and how you can submit a proposal.

Who were our past ambassadors and their platforms?

Back to top