Jason Reynolds To Start Online Initiative as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

The award-winning author will post two videos a week to help inspire young people to write, along with a monthly newsletter for educators and parents.

When he was named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in January, author Jason Reynolds envisioned a crazy year with even more travel and visits to schools and juvenile detention facilities than usual. But, as with everything else, those plans have changed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Today, the Library of Congress announced a new way Reynolds would reach out to young people during this stay-at-home-time.

On April 14, Reynolds will begin a biweekly video series called, "Write. Right. Rite." to inspire young people to tell their own stories, as well as a monthly newsletter for parents and educators on "relevant topics of the day." The program is the first initiative for his platform, "Grab the Mic: Tell Your Story," and is a collaboration among Reynolds, the Library of Congress (LOC), the Children's Book Council, and Every Child a Reader. The videos and newsletter will be found on the  "Grab the Mic" page on the LOC website. 

It's difficult to imagine anyone who wouldn't greet this news with appreciation but, on Twitter, Reynolds responded to any possible criticism of the project before it could begin.

"And before I start getting messages about not having to make or do anything during this tough time, I agree. I AGREE! But this is for the kids," he tweeted. "Everything I do, as ambassador, is for the kids, cool?"

Read the full LOC press release below.




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