Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 17 books, including Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, All American Boys (with Brendan Kiely), Long Way Down, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (with Ibram X. Kendi), Stuntboy, in the Meantime (illustrated by Raúl the Third), and Ain’t Burned All the Bright (with artwork by Jason Griffin). He is the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors, Reynolds is also the 2020-2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program, and lives in Washington, DC.
A special opportunity to get to know Reynolds’ work begins THUR, FEB 1, when New York Public Library features his novel All American Boys in its Teen Banned Book Club. NYPL offers free downloads of the book on e-reader app SimplyE in advance of their online author talk WED, FEB 21, with Reynolds and co-author Brendan Kiely. All American Boys was a 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, about two teens—one black, one white—who grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
Details about the club can be found at nypl.org/spotlight.
In April, the Library’s Facebook and Instagram pages will feature a contest for teens to create original artwork that will help promote the Reynolds event.