Publishers Weekly reports Kate DiCamillo will be appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in a ceremony on January 10, 2014. DiCamillo reportedly expressed intimidation and excitement at taking on the two-year role.
“Anybody who knows me knows I am a handwringer and a worrier, and this is big and intimidating to me,” DiCamillo said. “But this community has taken me in and reading is something I believe in so passionately. Being offered this felt like such a huge gift, I couldn’t say no.” She went on to share her plans to promote community reading.
“I’m interested in ‘community reads’ that pull together disparate people in a town or a school or a hospital or an orphanage, where everybody reads the same book and talks about it,” she explained of her platform “Stories Connect Us.”
The Newbery Medal-winning author was chosen by a committee including the Children’s Book Council’s Robin Adelson, John Cole of the Center for the Book, two librarians, a bookseller, a reviewer, and current ambassador Walter Dean Myers. Adelson said of DiCamillo, “Kate is just a phenomenal choice. It’s an honor to give her this kind of platform to spread her message.”