Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang, award-winning graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, visited MB in April for a free public event co-hosted with Books on the Square. Before his public presentation, he met with MB students from grades 2 through 12, from fans of coding and graphic novels to those sharing Asian heritage. Yang called students to “read without walls,” exploring books about new topics and characters who look or live differently. “Reading without walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things,” he says. Yang has written and drawn many graphic novels, including National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese and the graphic novel set Boxers and Saints which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.