Jon Scieszka Receives National Ambassador's Medal

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SPEAKER: Jon Scieszka
EVENT DATE: 09/26/2008
RUNNING TIME: 33 minutes


Jon Scieszka made his first official appearance at the Library of Congress since being named National Ambassador. The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington presented Scieszka with the National Ambassador's Medal.

The presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session with 50 schoolchildren from Brent Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Born in Flint, Mich., Jon Scieszka earned a bachelor's degree in writing from Albion College and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. He held a number of teaching positions in the first through eighth grades before taking a year off to develop ideas for children's books. He is the author of several bestselling children's titles, including "The Stinky Cheese Man," which won a Caldecott Honor medal, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and the Time Warp Trio, a chapter book series. Scieszka is the founder of Guys Read (, a nonprofit literacy organization.

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