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

Watch Jason's Inauguration at the Library of Congress

Events and Appearances

Every Child a Reader and the Library of Congress are honored to work with Jason Reynolds during his extended term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In 2022 Jason will visit rural locations in-person for the first time during his tenure.

In addition to touring in-person, selected locations will have the exciting opportunity to utilize Short Édition’s innovative Story Cube and Short Story Portal, to boost reading for fun and provide a medium to voice creativity for all students.

You can read more about Jason’s spring tour and our work with Short Édition here.

We are no longer accepting proposals for Jason Reynolds appearances in 2022. Please stay tuned for the announcement of our 8th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature who will begin their term in January 2023. 

Watch Jason’s inspiring appearances on CBS Sunday Morning and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


2022 National Ambassador Appearances

May 23: Shields Valley Schools (Clyde Park and Wilsall, MT)

May 24: Dutton/Brady Junior High and High School (Dutton, MT)

May 25: Ronan Middle School and High School, (Ronan, MT)


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 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?

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