The Children’s Book Council named Brown Girl Dreaming author Jacqueline Woodson as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
The inauguration ceremony took place Tuesday, January 9 at the Library of Congress.
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature highlights the importance of young adult literature as it relates to education, literacy, and the betterment of the lives of young people. Ambassadors are selected based off of their commitment to providing excellent young adult literature and fostering children’s literacy in all forms. Previous ambassadors have included Jon Scieszka and Walter Dean Myers.
Woodson is a well decorated author: she is the recipient of a Coretta Scott King award, a Newbery Honor, and NAACP Image Award, a Margaret A. Edwards award, and a Sibert Honor. She has also been a National Book Award winner and a Caldecott Honor recipient. Her books include Another Brooklyn, Coming on Home Soon, The Other Side and Miracle’s Boys.
Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir, detailing Woodson’s childhood in breathtaking verse. Growing up in both South Carolina and New York, Woodson uses poetry to recount growing up African American in the 1960s and 1970s, and reflects her childhood struggle to find her place-and her voice-in the world.