The Children's Book Review Published: November 26, 2008 Ten children's books picked for Thanksgiving, baby to teen: My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola Reading level: Baby-Preschool Board book: 14 pages Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (August 14, 2008) Publisher's synopsis: The traditional celebration is clearly and simply explained in My First Thanksgiving with spare

Ambassador Scieszka wearing his Ambassador medal, reading Knucklehead to President and Mrs. Bush and the guests at the National Book Festival Black Tie Gala.

A few weeks back, I had the  privilege of meeting the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka, at a book signing event hosted by Tree Top Kids in Arlington, VA. The street leading up to the store was filled with fans. Ambassador Scieszka was chauffeured to the event by Charles Young, in a shiny black car with tinted windows and two American flags suction-cupped to the sides. When they pulled to a stop, the crowd went crazy! A red carpet was rolled out, trumpets sounded and we all caught our first glimpse of the first ever National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Okay, so that’s not how it really went down – it should have, though! In all seriousness, this guy is fantastic, and you’ll be able to tell by the following interview. He’s a great sport for talking with The Children’s Book Review after having just returned from a cross-country tour to promote Melvin Might, the latest edition to the Trucktown series. Enjoy …