January 04, 2016

Library of Congress Appoints Gene Yuen Lang as Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Written by Deborah B. Ford

Gene Yuen LangToday the Library of Congress announced graphic novelist, Gene Yuen Lang, as Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His platform is Reading Without Walls, which was developed with The Children’s Book Council and his publisher, First Second. It aims to excite young people about reading outside their comfort zones. “A huge part of being a kid is exploring the world,” he said. “Books are a bridge between them and what might be unfamiliar.”

Lang’s works are frequent Junior Library Guild selections, including the award-winning Boxers and Saints, and most recently his new series, Secret Coders. You can follow him on Twitter. Read more about him on his website and read about his appointment in the following stories.

School Library Journal

Library of Congress Article

NY Times Article

Washington Post Article




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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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