Ambassadors for Literacy

Walter Dean Myers was recently appointed  the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.  He is an excellent choice for this position.  He is a prolific writer of children’s and young adult books, and he relates very well to children and young adults.  I believe Myers will be very influential and successful in this role.  I wish him Godspeed.  For more information on this announcement, click on LOC.

Another person championing for literacy and books is Yohannes Gebregeorgis.  A native Ethiopian, he co-founded Ethiopia Reads, a philanthropic organization committed to bringing literacy to the children of Ethiopia.  He has a facebook page so you can learn more about him and his organization.

I’m sure there are more well-known “ambassadors” or “champions” for literacy.  If you know of some, please feel free to let me know.  However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention public librarians, library media specialists, teacher-librarians, educators, and others who promote reading and literacy.  Each time you read a story, or suggest a book to a reader, you are an ambassador for literacy and reading.  Whether or not your name is mentioned in a local or national paper, just know that you are making a difference in the life of a child or young adult.  Keep up the good work!

2012 Reading Challenges

While some people make New Year’s resolutions, other people make challenges.  Do a search, and one is bound to find a challenge that he or she can join.  As a blogger who loves books, I have a particular interest in reading challenges.  Although incomplete at this time, here are a list of reading challenges that may interest you.  For more information on the challenges, click on the link.  I plan to join a challenge or two!  I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks 

2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge

2012 Picture Book Reading Challenge

Award Winning Reads Challenge

2012 YA/MG Fantasy Reading Challenge

2012 Multicultural Book Challenge

Just Contemporary Reading Challenge

Happy New Year!

This is a new day in 2012 and a new place to create my blog.  The purpose of this blog is to collect and share books, reviews, and resources on African, African American, and Caribbean books for children and young adults.  As I navigate through WordPress, you will see additions and changes.