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

Submit proposal for 2021 event

Events and Appearances

Submit a Proposal to Host Jason Reynolds in 2021

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 virtually* in small, underserved communities across the country during the second year of his two-year 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.
  • For virtual events, the location must be able to ensure that a majority of the student population tune in to the event and have a virtual platform to support that size audience.
  • The location should have a system in place for how they will select 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 Jan. 15, 2021.

* We continue to assess travel safety and will make adjustments to in-person events if possible in 2021


2021 National Ambassador Appearances

Future Event Dates TBD: Event TK

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 learn about his inspiring platform, "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story"

Learn more about Reynold's platform, including weekly videos and his newsletter.

Find out where Jason Reynolds is traveling during his two year term!

Who were our past ambassadors and their platforms?

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