The Library of Congress named Meg Medina the national ambassador for young people’s literature for 2023-24. Medina is the first Hispanic named to the position, which will take her around the country to libraries and classrooms to encourage reading.

Medina, 59, has plenty of stories to tell, many that have served as foundations for the biculturalism and multiculturalism of her well-known characters and their worlds in her award-winning books.

She said she hopes she can spread to parents, families, children and their caretakers her mother’s wisdom of finding ways to connect children with books and libraries and encourage them to keep reading.