Jason Reynolds, Back with a Newsletter!

Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is back from summer break.

It’s been a long time and I apologize for my absence. But I’ve been writing and reading and thinking, and reading some more, and writing some more. Oh, and sweating. I’ve been doing so much sweating, thanks to the swelter of what has been the hottest summer ever. In the history of the whole world. I hope you spent most of your summer in the pool. Or in the A/C. Or in a snow cone machine. Or in a meat locker. Okay, maybe not in a meat locker, but definitely inside a snow cone machine. Like…your head…inside of it. That’s how I hope your summer has gone, because I love you.

Me? Like I said, I’ve been reading, writing, and sweating. And preparing. For what, you ask? I can’t hear you from inside the snow cone machine. I’m kidding. I can’t hear you from inside the classroom because I know y’all are back in school, which I hope at least has air. Anyway, what am I preparing for? Tour! I’m getting ready for the final stretch of my ambassadorship, a victory lap, heading down south to spend some time with some of y’all who happen to live in the hottest places in the U.S.! And I couldn’t be more excited.

I can’t wait. It almost feels like the first day of school. When I was a kid, I would be so gassed up the night before that I could barely sleep. I’d have my outfit laid out, fresh shirt and pants, fly shoes, crisp haircut, all so that when I got on the school bus on that first day, everyone would notice how cool I looked, and more importantly, how I’d grown an inch taller. And that’s kind of what I’m hoping happens when I go on this last tour run. What I’m so anxious about. I want to walk into a school to see my homies, my folks, my crew, my squad, my people, and compare notes about how good we look and how much we’ve grown. And guess what we won’t be talking about? Reading and writing! Okay, maybe we’ll talk about reading and writing a little, but not as much as the teachers. And not as much as we’ll be talking about sweating. Not actual sweating (no sweat talk!) but about what we’re sweating right now. Which sneakers. What music. What TV shows. What flavor of snow cone. And what victory lap should we (but really YOU) be preparing ourselves for now.

With that being said, Happy Back to School Time…Happy School Year…Happy First Quarter…what do we call this? Happy Try to Be Happy You’re Back in School and Summer’s Over but It Was Too Hot Anyway but at Least It Was Summer and Summer Is Always Summer Which Is to Say Summer Is Always Amazing Because There Are No Desks or Lockers or Strange Smells In The Cafeteria Time!

Or something like that.

Jason

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6 Comments

  1. SharonM.
    September 12, 2022 at 10:27 am

    I love you, Jason! No snow cones here, but you are just wonderful! Enjoy the victory lap; you deserve it!

  2. Pat
    September 12, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I’m glad to know it wasn’t just us old people sweating! I don’t know what grades of students you are speaking to this year, but if you happen to travel to Luthersville Elementary School (just south of Atlanta), please tell Abby and Maddy that their grandparents said hello and that we’re proud of how well they’re reading now!

    Thank you!

  3. Mary Woodberry
    September 13, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Jason come on back to Louisiana! We love you! Hammond, Louisiana where our college Southeastern is or the Hammond Library is where our met you. All American Boys and I have all your books! See you soon! Take care!

  4. Erin Valentine
    September 19, 2022 at 8:23 am

    The people in the south are lucky to have you touring there. We love your books in our library.

  5. Michelle
    September 19, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    You are one of the best things that’s happened for students in recent years and I will miss your contributions to the newsletter!

    Enjoy your victory lap!

  6. Ana
    September 25, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    You are loved right back!

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