Our Ambassador: Jon Scieszka

This year, the Library of Congress, the Children's Book Council, and Cheerios hope to see more guys read. Author of "fractured fairy tales" like The Stinky Cheese Man, Jon Scieszka (pronounced "SHEH-ska") was born in Flint, Michigan in 1954 and is known as a fierce and funny advocate for reluctant male readers.

Our new ambassador demonstrates yet again how the circumstances of childhood can shape a satisfying vocation: Jon had five brothers and a father who loved to teach. Sounds like it took the Ambassador a while to follow his bliss, as he went to military school and studied to be a doctor first before getting his MFA from Columbia University. "I write books because I love to make kids laugh," he says. What a wonderful mission statement. Here's the full announcement in the Post.