Simon & Schuster Announcement

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Simon and Schuster UK are delighted to congratulate Jon Scieszka on his new post as the first National Ambassador for Children�s Books in the USA.

The post is modelled on the UK Children�s Laureate and is a two year appointment. It has been jointly created by the Library of Congress and the Children�s Book Council.

Jon will launch his appointment with the theme �Reaching Reluctant Readers� which will tie in nicely with Guys Read, his web-based literacy programme aimed at boys.

�There�s a huge population of kids who would be or can be readers, but just choose not to,� said Mr. Scieszka. �Kids see it just as a school activity or something that just can�t compete with a Nintendo Wii or just hanging out and text messaging your friends. Parents and booksellers and teachers are dying for some help.�

His new series, Trucktown, will launch in the UK with Smash! Crash! on 3rd March 2008, followed by Who�s that Truck? and Meet Jack Truck! in the summer.

About the author
Jon Scieszka is the author of some of the best known and funniest books written for children including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Time Warp Trio series and the Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales. He is a former elementary school teacher, and an avid promoter of literacy, particularly for boys. His website www.guyssread.com focuses on his national campaign and this passion led him to create a younger series�. and thus Trucktown was born. Jon lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY.

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