American Born Chinese and Superman comics creator Gene Luen Yang was recently chosen by the Library of Congress as their new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, charged with raising “national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”
And how is he doing that? Why, comics of course..
Planning to to travel around the country promoting youth literacy in schools, libraries, and book festivals, he told the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna that he’ll be giving comics and graphic novels “a little bit of an extra push.”
Which is why his publisher First Second Books shared his recommended list of graphic novels…
- This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
- Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka
- Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo (the previous National Ambassador) and K.G. Campbell
- The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson
- Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
- Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- Tuesday by David Wiesner
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier
- Stinky by Eleanor Davis
Looks like comics are for kids after all! Thanks to the CBLDF (and thanks to Alex Daily for the typo check).