Award-winning author Katherine Paterson has been named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. Ms. Paterson is the second author to hold this position. She follows Jon Scieszka who held the post in 2008 and 2009.
Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob, I Have Loved both garnered Ms. Paterson Newbery Awards. She has also written two National Book Award winners: The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Pupeteer.
During her two-year term as Ambassador, Ms. Paterson will travel the country to promote the importance of reading by young people. The National Ambassador program is a collaborative venture of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council.