As reported by Rachel Deahl in today's PW Children's Bookshelf, the CBC and LOC have created a "government-recognized" national post called the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
Deahl writes: "The goal for the position, which will be given to renowned children's illustrators and authors of both fiction and nonfiction, is twofold . . . First, it's to 'bestow an honor to someone who has contributed greatly to children's books.' The other hope . . . is that the ambassador will be able to 'spread the word and raise awareness' about the importance of reading and children's literature at large."
Each ambassador will serve a two-year term and travel the country for speaking engagements and literary events that promote the mission of the post. The first ambassador will be named in January 2008. I can't wait to see who it is!