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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 2006, his graphic novel, American Born Chinese — a memoir about growing up as an Asian American — became the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. He is the author of the Secret Coders series and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow. Visit Gene Yang's official website.

The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature raises awareness of the importance of young people's literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. The initiative is sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader.


Gene visits Comic-Con 2016!

August 12, 2016

In this episode, Gene talks to authors and comic book characters about their favorite children's books. See if any of your childhood favorites are mentioned!

Featured interviews include:

  • Jenny and Matt Holm (Sunny Side Up)
  • Avatar Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Hank Green (Vlogger, SciShow)
  • Green Arrow and Arsenal (DC Comics)
  • Sherri Smith (Flygirl, Orleans)
  • Jubilee (X-Men, Marvel Comics)
  • Noelle Stevenson (Nimona)
  • The Juggernaut (X-Men, Marvel Comics)
  • G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel)

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