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Press release provided to the The Children’s Book Review by the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council.
Published: January 5, 2009

Author of “Bridge to Terabithia” Chooses “Read for Your Life” as Theme for Platform

Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Medal, was today named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Paterson will serve in the position during 2010 and 2011; she succeeds Jon Scieszka, appointed in 2008, who was the first person to hold the title. Katherine Paterson has chosen “Read for Your Life” as the theme for her platform.