Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

“GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story”

— Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds, the 2020-21 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is the seventh writer to hold this position. The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is an initiative of the Library of Congress, in partnership with Every Child a Reader and the Children's Book Council, with generous support from Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Reynolds is the author of thirteen books for young people, including his most recent, “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks.” A native of Washington, D.C., Reynolds began writing poetry at 9 years old, and is the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King Award honors.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises 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.

To learn more about Jason Reynolds and his activities as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, please visit his Library of Congress resource guide. To apply to host Reynolds in your hometown, please visit his application portal.