The outgoing NAYPL is Jon Scieszka, who wrote the Caldecott Honor book, The Stinky Cheese Man, and also writes the Time Warp Trio series. He held the position for two years. During his tenure, he “traveled to 33 states and visited 274 schools, libraries, bookstores, conferences and festivals.”
He now has passed on the position as Ambassador to Katherine Paterson, winner of two Newbery Medals. Bridge to Terebithia is one of her most beloved books, although it is also “the eighth-most-challenged book of the 1990s, according to the American Library Association.”
As the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Scieszka focused on reaching reluctant readers, especially boys. Paterson says her platform will be "read for your life" and she's hoping to highlight the importance of families reading together.The position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was created by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book and the Children's Book Council's Every Child a Reader program.
Even though I don’t write YA, this still sounds like a position to covet.