As diehard comic book fans, Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang and a friend would sneak from the library to their local comic bookstore, buy as many comics as they could, head back to the library, and then smuggle them home in oversized library books.
Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang believes that reading and writing books is a great way for him to step outside his comfort zone, push himself to discover new places, and to meet people he wouldn’t have expected to connect with.
Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang loathed sports growing up, especially those that involved a ball, like basketball. But through books, his dislike of the sport transformed and he even wrote his first non-fiction graphic novel about a high school basketball team in Dragon Hoops.
To get more kids reading and kids reading more, Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang offers his Reading Without Walls Challenge, which helps kids learn more about diverse people and ideas outside their personal experiences.