Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic, September 2016) @scholasticreadingclub

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“ This is my fan art for the 10th anniversary of Gene Luen Yang’s incredible graphic novel “American Born Chinese.” I started working with Gene on the Avatar books before I read this work of his. Its reputation preceded it (it...

bryankonietzko:

This is my fan art for the 10th anniversary of Gene Luen Yang’s incredible graphic novel “American Born Chinese.” I started working with Gene on the Avatar books before I read this work of his. Its reputation preceded it (it deservedly won just about ALL the awards), and I had already gotten to know Gene and his writing by the time I picked it up—or so I thought. ABC’s structure threw me off at first. It was really challenging. Abrasive. Discordant. This wasn’t the story I had imagined and built up in my head from all of my friends’ and colleagues’ rave reviews. Halfway through I wasn’t sure I liked it. I wondered, “How is he going to tie all of this together?” And then BAM. He did. And the story and message were all the more powerful for taking me somewhere I wasn’t expecting to go. For challenging my expectations. How could I have presumed to know Gene’s story? And why would I have wanted him to tell it to me in a way that was comfortable and familiar to me? Powerful art and storytelling SHOULD challenge the audience. They should come from a specific point of view. Bravo, Gene!

Check out this incredible fan art celebrating Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese – from Avatar:The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko! @bryankonietzko @geneluenyang @macmillanchildrensbooks @firstsecondbooks

Via: bryankonietzko

National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang’s NYT Comic

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang on the power of books to inspire empathy. @nytimesheadline  

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National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics

Distinguished diverse books recommended by the National Ambassador himself! @teded @firstsecondbooks

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Diversity Drives The Story In The Latest Incarnation Of Superman

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang on diversity and superhero comics! @npr

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Representation Means Different Things to Different People

“Sometimes, comics provide us the chance to explore worlds outside of ourselves that not only keep us safe, but that help us find a home in a world that sadly may not want to shelter us.” @heypanels

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National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang Celebrates Children’s Book Week with Raina Telgemeier

In celebration of the 97th annual Children’s Book Week, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang appeared in conversation with friend and fellow graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier at the San Francisco Public Library! @firstsecondbooks @graphixbooks

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Gene Luen Yang Lends Support to Highlight the Transformation of Libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair

“Libraries were such an important part of my childhood, and they’re an important part of my life today. I visit my local library to research, to read, to write, and to be inspired. I’m deeply grateful for our nation’s libraries and librarians.” — National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang @americanlibraryassoc

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Black Comic Book Festival puts black superheroes on display

“All these kids see in the comic books are white heroes. This lets them know that they can be heroes also.” @nydailynews

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National Ambassador Appearance Request

weneeddiversebooks:

weneeddiversebooks:

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Gene Luen Yang’s platform as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is “Reading Without Walls”. Yang champions diversity in all forms and reading for non-readers with this platform. 

Want a visit from Gene Luen Yang? Head on over to the link to fill out a request form!

Today (Feb 1, 2016) is the last day to request a visit from Gene Luen Yang!

Request a visit from National Ambassador Gene Luen Yang! @firstsecondbooks

Via: weneeddiversebooks

The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012, as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people.