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Author Gene Luen Yang: Tips for Slow Readers Like Him

Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang has always been a slow reader. He remembers as a kid being lined up each month by his teacher, the line ordered by the number of pages each student had read that month. He was always at the end of the line. But he did come to realize that it doesn’t matter how fast or slowly you read, it’s that engage in reading. And the more you read, the more you love it. Sometimes he has trouble getting invested in the first few pages or chapter of a book, so he will cast the characters and watch the story as if a movie in his head or maybe listen to the audio book for a chapter or two and then start reading.

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Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. 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 and a National Book Award finalist. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints  won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include Dragon Hoops , the Secret Coders series  (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero  (with Sonny Liew), New Super-Man from DC Comics (with various artists), and the Avatar: The Last Airbender  series from Dark Horse Comics (with Gurihiru) and Superman Smashes the Klan (with Gurihiru).

In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow.