Jason Reynolds will serve an additional year as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the Library of Congress and the charity Every Child a Reader announced Monday.
Reynolds will become the first writer to hold the position for more than the customary two years. He started serving in the post in January of 2020, two months before the Covid-19 pandemic struck America, limiting the amount of in-person appearances he would be able to attend.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden praised Reynolds’ work with his “GRAB THE MIC” platform, which encourages students in schools across America to share their personal stories.
“I am eager to see how Jason will expand his message, encouraging kids to share their own stories in and beyond their own communities,” Hayden said.
Reynolds, author of popular books for young readers including Long Way Down and Look Both Ways, will launch a virtual tour this November and December, appearing at schools in towns like Yamhill, Oregon; Bronson, Michigan; and Laredo, Texas.
“I can’t believe I’m even being afforded the opportunity to extend my ambassadorship a third year,” Reynolds said in a statement. “If the goal has changed at all, it’s to be even more present in the lives of the young people I’m serving. More storytelling, more cultural exchange, more creativity, more connection — and this time, in person.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.