Jason Reynolds was recently appointed as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the LIbrary of Congress, and for his term he wants to speak to young readers in America. To do this during our time of quarantine, he has created two digital features under his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” platform, which focuses on listening and empowering students to share their own personal stories. The video series titled “Write. Right. Rite” is where Reynolds shares his passion for storytelling and creativity. Each video ends with a prompt to encourage young people to work towards a specific idea and fun-filled activities. The “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” newsletter is a monthly newsletter where Reynolds can talk to you directly about relevant topics of the day.
Visit Grab the Mic on the LOC website to explore your creativity with Jason Reynolds!
You can also check out some of his titles through Overdrive, which include:
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
This book, told in ten tales, tells of all the detours that happen on the way home. It is one the book LeVar Burton has read aloud during Levar Burton Reads.
Long Way Down
One of the YA Novels in Verse staff picks, this is the story about teen gun violence and what a brother would do for his family.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Miles Morales is Spider-Man. But he wonders if he is meant to save the world or just himself.