I love-love it when the national media (ahem, NY Times!) gives press to children’s authors, illustrators, and books. And this morning was a good one: Kate DiCamillo has been selected as the 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! What wonderful news! But what, exactly, does that mean? According to the LoC, she’ll “raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people“.
I liked what Kate DiCamillo had to say via Facebook this morning:
“The whole thing is pretty intimidating; but it is also deeply, deeply gratifying, because for the next two years, I will get to go around the country talking about what matters to me, and what matters to me is this: people connecting through stories.
I believe that stories are a way for us to see into each other’s hearts.
When we see each other, we connect.
And when we connect, we are changed.
And that is a message I am proud to carry out into the world.”
I agree 100%! Congratulations, Kate!