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Discover all there is to know about Gene Luen Yang and his inspiring platform, “Reading Without Walls.”

Printz Award winner and two-time National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang was appointed the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on January 7, 2016. He is the first-ever graphic novelist to hold the title. Yang is currently traveling nationwide over the course of his two-year term, showing kids and teens that reading is a vital part of their lives and inspiring them to pick up books that are unlike their usual reading.

On his official platform, “Reading Without Walls,” Yang says: “Reading breaks down the walls that divide us. By reading, we get to know people outside of our own communities. We gain knowledge others don’t expect us to have. We discover new and surprising passions.”

About Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade; he began making comics professionally over fifteen years ago. In 2006, his graphic novel American Born Chinese (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/First Second Books) became the first graphic novel to be a finalist for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album. In 2013, Boxers & Saints (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/First Second Books), his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was a National Book Award finalist and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene has also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Learn more at geneyang.com.

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