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.
Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. All posts are reprinted with permission from Shanahan on Literacy.
Karin Chenoweth is writer-in-residence at The Education Trust, a national education advocacy organization, and author of It’s Being Done and HOW It’s Being Done and co-author of Getting It Done, all published by Harvard Education Press. Her columns originally appear on The Huffington Post.
The MashUp: A Blog about Books for Teens is the place for parents and teachers to find great books for teen readers. Librarian Jamie Watson writes about young adult literature and strategies to engage teens in reading.