Representing Kid Lit

Who shall be our next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature?

Vote in my sidebar for the names most commonly suggested on Read Roger, the blog of Roger Sutton, editor-in-chief of the Horn Book.

Mr. Sutton was invited to help choose a successor for the current ambassador, Jon Scieszka. In a nutshell, the selection committee wants a person like this:
An author or illustrator of fiction or nonfiction books

U.S. citizen, living in the U.S.

Excellent and facile communicator

Dynamic and engaging personality

Known ability to relate to children; communicates well and regularly with them

Someone who has made a substantial contribution to young people’s literature

Stature; someone who is revered by children and who has earned the respect and admiration of his or her peers
I'm traveling again but I'll be checking in to see your votes. For the poll, I gleaned the names most often suggested in response to the blog post at Read Roger and listed them in no particular order. (Not only is this poll unauthorized, it's unscientific, too! But fun, right?)

There's no guarantee that any of these people would accept the job even if offered it. I left off Shannon Hale and Cynthia Rylant, for example, because commenters mentioned they didn't travel, and Daniel Pinkwater opted himself out. Am I missing anyone else? Let me know and I'll add them.

Vote, steal/copy/modify the poll and put it on your blog, and head to Roger Sutton's blog to add a new name or echo somebody else's choice. I'll be back out on the Fire Escape on 8/13. Enjoy the fleeting days of summer 2009!


Carlie Webber said…
Informally, my vote is with Laurie Halse Anderson, but there's also a special place in my heart for Andrew Clements for this position.
Anonymous said…
I know she is new to writting books but Children love her... What about Sabrina Bryan The Cheetah Girl and now co writer of Princess of Gossip. She would be a great for that role.
Mitali Perkins said…
Sorry, I misspelled Jacqueline Woodson's name, and now I can't change the poll. :( I should know better as she shares a first name with my Mother-in-Law.
Pooja said…
Ummm... where's "Mitali Perkins"?
tanita davis said…

I'm also the horrible person who just wants Jon to serve another term...
alanajoli said…
Wow, both Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville would do an amazing job with this -- I'm sure many of the other candidates would, too!