A while back, Jules and Camille and I decided to form an informal club to celebrate our love for one of our favorite authors, Jack Gantos. Why do we love Jack? Because his books are funny, but also because they have something to say. Because we love listening to him read his own work. Because he really gets it about the importance of children’s books, and whenever we hear him talk about kids and reading, we feel inspired.
All that got us to thinking that Jack would make a great National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. So Jules had some t-shirts made:
We decided to unveil our shirts and our campaign today, in celebration of the release of Jack’s newest book, Dead End in Norvelt, which we’ve all already read and discussed and loved–and it’s not just us. Norvelt has gotten starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and The Horn Book.
Naturally, being bloggers, we aren’t the kind of people who are all exclusive about our club. Initiation basically involves saying you want to be part of it, so, if you’re a Jack Gantos fan (and WHO ISN’T?), welcome.
[Note on the photo: Yes, that is my office at work. You should know that I spent some time cleaning it before this picture was taken. I maybe would have done better to use that time to take my hair out of its very librarian-y bun and do something crazy like brush it.]