Congrats, Mr. Ambassador! Celebrating Gene Luen Yang

Photo courtesy of the author and First Second

From the press release: The Children’s Book Council (CBC), Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (CFB) have announced the appointment of Gene Luen Yang, Printz Award winner and two-time National Book Award finalist, as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The Kidlitosphere’s own Betsy Bird was part of the selection committee, and having met Gene on a few occasions, I know it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. We’re longtime fans, and we’ve featured his books here on Finding Wonderland several times (with a review of his latest, Secret Coders, still upcoming); we’ve hosted him for interviews, too. In honor of his appointment as the 5th Ambassador, here’s a roundup of our posts featuring Gene and his books:


Kids Comics Q&A Blog Tour: Interview with Gene Luen Yang  – 5/11/2015

Diversity in YA Kicks Off Tour at SFPL – 5/9/2011

Summer Blog Blast Tour Kick-Off: Gene Yang – 6/16/2007

Reviews and such:

Reviews in Tandem: THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew – 6/30/2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Some GENE LUEN YANG Love – 2/13/2013

Thursday Review: LEVEL UP by Gene Luen Yang – 5/26/2011

May Graphic Novels Roundup, Part Two: Prime Baby, Mercury, and Stitches – 6/6/2010

Two from :01 (The Eternal Smile) – 6/26/2009

Learning Your ABCs (American Born Chinese) – 2/1/2007


About the author

Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor, graphic designer, professor of humanities, and localization QA tester, so she wears a teetering pile of hats. On any given day, she is very tired. She is the author of the middle grade graphic novel Alexis vs. Summer Vacation, and three YA novels, including the award-winning The Latte Rebellion.

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