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December 13, 2009 | By Jon Scieszka
As our first national ambassador of young people's literature, I am pleased to report that the world of children's books is rocking. My job for the last two years has been to raise national awareness of the importance of kids' books and to promote the full variety of great children's literature. My fellow authors and illustrators have made that job as easy as falling off a log while wearing a fancy sash. By my official ambassadorial estimate (and yes, I do also have tassels on my sash and those little triangle-shaped flags on my car)
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January 2, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
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January 4, 1995 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh sure, dis the Three Little Pigs. Why not pick on the Ugly Duckling? Why not create a story where the duck doesn't grow up to be a beautiful swan--just grows into a really ugly duck? How about fixing Cinderella up with Rumpelstiltskin? They could be Cinderumpelstiltskin, and when the beautiful princess kissed the frog, he wouldn't turn into a handsome prince. He'd stay a frog. These scenarios bring a gigantic smile to Jon Scieszka.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009 | By Jon Scieszka
As our first national ambassador of young people's literature, I am pleased to report that the world of children's books is rocking. My job for the last two years has been to raise national awareness of the importance of kids' books and to promote the full variety of great children's literature. My fellow authors and illustrators have made that job as easy as falling off a log while wearing a fancy sash. By my official ambassadorial estimate (and yes, I do also have tassels on my sash and those little triangle-shaped flags on my car)
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May 14, 2001 | BARBARA J. ODANAKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jon Scieszka is speaking in tongues. "Aamu . . . " "Deski . . ." "Kuningas . . . " A moment of religious ecstasy? "Pordo . . . " "Razzo . . ." "Torakku . . . " Berlitz gone berserk? Actually, the Brooklyn author is merely quoting from his just released children's book, "Baloney (Henry P.)."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
BOOKS
June 3, 2001
MILO'S HAT TRICK By Jon Agee Hyperion/di Capua: 32 pp., $15.95 With marvelously economical narration and line drawings, Jon Agee conjures a formidable tale of a struggling magician. Milo could be Little Orphan Annie's uncle or a caricature of John Lennon. His brick-red mop of hair and thick mustache bracket pupil-less eyes and a voluminous nose and a too-tight gray suit adds to his hangdog appearance. Onstage, he's no Houdini.
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January 5, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced this week that children's author Jon Scieszka ("The Stinky Cheese Man," "Time Warp Trio"), founder of the nonprofit Guys Read literacy organization, will serve a two-year term as the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The position was created to raise awareness of the importance of such literature in relation to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.
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January 9, 2000
Books recommended for young readers by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian for the children's literature department, Los Angeles Public Library: As we enter a new century, let's experience a bit of the past. Preschool to kindergarten "Dinosaur Dream," by Dennis Nolan: Boy travels back in time, learns about dinosaurs. First and second grades "Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky," by Faith Ringgold: Underground railroad to Canada with Harriet Tubman.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2009
"Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All" Cynthia Rylant The best day is Henry's birthday. In the morning, Henry has to tempt Mudge, his dog, to wake up. Finally, Mudge wakes up and Henry says, "It's my birthday, we will have crackers." Henry's birthday is great. There are games with super cool prizes. You must read this book. Reviewed by Michelle, 3rd grade Helmers Elementary Valencia -- "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" Betty MacDonald Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle helps to cure kids.
BOOKS
June 3, 2001
MILO'S HAT TRICK By Jon Agee Hyperion/di Capua: 32 pp., $15.95 With marvelously economical narration and line drawings, Jon Agee conjures a formidable tale of a struggling magician. Milo could be Little Orphan Annie's uncle or a caricature of John Lennon. His brick-red mop of hair and thick mustache bracket pupil-less eyes and a voluminous nose and a too-tight gray suit adds to his hangdog appearance. Onstage, he's no Houdini.
NEWS
May 14, 2001 | BARBARA J. ODANAKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jon Scieszka is speaking in tongues. "Aamu . . . " "Deski . . ." "Kuningas . . . " A moment of religious ecstasy? "Pordo . . . " "Razzo . . ." "Torakku . . . " Berlitz gone berserk? Actually, the Brooklyn author is merely quoting from his just released children's book, "Baloney (Henry P.)."
NEWS
January 4, 1995 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh sure, dis the Three Little Pigs. Why not pick on the Ugly Duckling? Why not create a story where the duck doesn't grow up to be a beautiful swan--just grows into a really ugly duck? How about fixing Cinderella up with Rumpelstiltskin? They could be Cinderumpelstiltskin, and when the beautiful princess kissed the frog, he wouldn't turn into a handsome prince. He'd stay a frog. These scenarios bring a gigantic smile to Jon Scieszka.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2008
"Eloise" Kay Thompson I want to tell you about a funny book I recently read called "Eloise." Eloise lives in a hotel called the Plaza. Eloise's mom knows the owner of the hotel, so Eloise, her nanny and her mom all live at the Plaza. Since Eloise's mom is always busy working, her nanny takes care of her. She repeats everything she says three times. Eloise has her own bedroom in which to play. Yet she invents games to play throughout the hotel. Once she even runs into the men's room!
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you've read "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka, you know who the real victim was in that tale: the big bad wolf, who just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old granny, and who just happened to have a bad cold. . . . Now kids and parents can sit on the jury as the wolf has his day in court in the Serendipity Theatre Company's comic adaptation of Scieszka's book at the Burbank Little Theatre.
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