Prolific young adult and middle grade author Jason Reynolds has a slew of honors under his belt, including the Printz award, the Coretta Scott King award, the Newberry Honor, and two National Book Awards, but now he has a brand new title to celebrate!
The Library of Congress has named Reynolds as their new national ambassador for young people’s literature, a two-year position that will see Reynolds traveling the country to promote literacy and engage with youth regarding reading and education.
Reynolds joined CBS This Morning anchors and the Library of Congress’ Carla Hayden to discuss the new position. In the interview, featured at the top of the page, Reynolds and Hayden talk about ways we can get more young people reading and the author’s desire to reach out to rural communities that normally don’t have access to authors.
The ambassador honor was previously held by Jacqueline Woodson, who congratulated Reynolds on social media:
Congratulations, Jason Reynolds!