This Monday, January 4, 2016, Bay Area author, Gene Luen Yang was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature! Yang will be taking over for Kate Dicamillo who was honored with the position in 2014. "The ambassador program was established in 2008, by the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, to highlight the importance of young people’s literature in developing a literate, tolerant, informed citizenry. Yang will serve a two-year term, traveling the nation to champion diversity in all forms—and formats—with his platform, 'Reading Without Walls.'" (Publishers Weekly).
Yang is the first graphic novelist to be chosen as an Ambassador. He also happens to be the first graphic novelist to be named a National Book Award Finalist and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for American Born Chinese.
Congratulations Gene Luen Yang! We can't wait to see all the great things you do!
Find Yang's books in stores today!