Creating Change

February 2, 2018
SHAWN MILLER—LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Author JACQUELINE WOODSON (left) is the new national ambassador for young people’s literature. The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden (right), bestowed the honor last month at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C. Woodson’s award-winning books include Brown Girl Dreaming and Miracle’s Boys.

Woodson will serve as ambassador through 2019. In her new role, she will travel the country visiting schools, libraries, and even homeless shelters. She will talk with kids about the value of reading. She’ll also stress the importance of “finding books that speak to us individually.”

“I think books make us smarter,” Woodson told TFK. “They make us more thoughtful and more hopeful.”