Introducing Walter Dean Myers – National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

The Library appoints each Ambassador for a two-year term to travel around the country the importance of fiction and nonfiction in the lives of young people. Dr. Billington stated that the ambassador will be an award-winning author or illustrator whose position will acknowledge—at the national level—the importance of exceptional authors and illustrators in creating the readers of tomorrow.

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A Clean Sweep for the New Year: Exploring a Cartoon from the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Explore a cartoon, published as the front cover of a magazine in January 1905, that draws on the many metaphors about the New Year offering a clean start. Although many of the specific images in the cartoon may be unfamiliar to students, the labels on them offer a clear starting point for researching the context and the details the artist included.