The post of children’s ambassador was created by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature. Patterson’s new slogan for the program is “read for your life.”
Previous Ambassador, John Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man was at the ceremony this morning to hand over the reigns and provide his ringing endorsement.
Paterson’s newest book, The Day of the Pelican, is about a family of Muslim Albanians facing persecution and exile as they seek refuge from ethnic war. Finally reaching safety in the U.S., the family struggles to adapt, particularly as Muslim immigrants in the aftermath of 9/11.