8th National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Meg Medina!
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR 2023. THE 2024 PROPOSAL WINDOW WILL OPEN THIS FALL.
Official Visit Components
Each official visit will follow a format that allows Meg to interact directly with students as well as the community at large.
Each official visit must support these key components:
The online submission form includes five sections:
– General Information
– Public Evening Event Information
– Private Daytime Student Event Information
– Event Promotion Information
– Helpful Travel Information
Each proposal must include a private event and a public event. We ask that all participating organizations coordinate to submit a single, unified proposal.
To successfully submit, gather all information before completing the online form. Use this proposal checklist to see the order of the required information.
About Meg Medina and her National Ambassador Platform
Medina, a Cuban-American, is the first author of Latina heritage to serve as National Ambassador in the program’s history. She succeeds Jason Reynolds, who served as the National Ambassador from 2020 through 2022.
Medina’s books examine how culture and identity intersect through the eyes of young people. Her middle-grade novel “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” the first of three books in a trilogy about the Suárez family, received the 2019 Newbery Medal and was named a notable children’s book of the year by the New York Times Book Review. Her most recent picture book, “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away,” received multiple honors, including the 2021-2022 Charlotte Zolotow Award. Raised in Queens, New York, Medina now lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.
For her two-year term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Medina will engage readers across the country through her platform Cuéntame!: Let’s Talk Books. Inspired by the Spanish phrase that friends and families use when catching up with one another, “¡Cuéntame!” encourages connection among families, classrooms, libraries, and communities by talking about books—both those books that reflect the readers’ lived experiences and those books that expose readers to new perspectives.
January 23: Inauguration Ceremony at the Library of Congress. Watch the Inauguration event.
Learn more about the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program.
Meet Meg Medina and hear about her inspiring platform, "¡Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books"
Explore Meg's platform, ¡Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books
Find out where Meg Medina is traveling during her two year term and how you can submit a proposal.
Who were our past ambassadors and their platforms?