Obviously, Scieszka isn’t “stinky,” and the Library can’t confirm or deny his attitude about dairy products. But one thing is for sure—his best-selling books, including the Caldecott Honor-winning "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” have delighted young and old alike. And, his experience as an elementary- and middle-school teacher makes him the perfect choice to help the Library promote and encourage a love of reading among children and young adults.
The Librarian of Congress names the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children.
Naturally Scieszka has his own ideas on how to make reading an indispensable habit for young people. In an article for the New York Daily News, he espouses such sound advice as letting the reader choose what he or she likes to read (even if it is a comic book) and, for the parents, let your kids see you reading. The Library of Congress blog offers thoughts and invites comments on the article.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and the CBC Foundation are the administrators of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative.