Library of Congress names Kate DiCamillo as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

By Kyle Johnson,

Kate DiCamillo has been named the National ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2014-2015, the Library of Congress announced on Thursday.

The Newberry Medal Award winner was selected by the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, according to a press release. She will be succeeding Walter Dean Myers for the position and will serve a two-year term, under the heading "Stories Connect Us."

"Kate DiCamillo is not only one of our finest writers for young people but also an outstanding advocate for the importance of reading, the Librarian of Congress said. "The Library of Congress is pleased to welcome Kate as a worthy successor to our three previous National Ambassadors."

The Ambassador initiative was put together by several groups, including the Center for the Book in Library of Congress, Every Child is a Reader and Children's Book Council.

The Washington Post reports The Tale of Despereaux author said of the difficulty of getting kids to read, "You have no time at all with a kid to get them to trust you."

DiCamillo continued, "You have a page. That's all. You can't indulge in a lot of things that adults will put up with, because kids will just put the book aside."

The new Ambassador has written almost 20 books during her career, including Because of Winn-Dixie that was adapted into a movie and The Magician's Elephant.

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