NJ – Reading Without Walls Workshop

John Patrick Green and Sara Varon appear at Word Bookstore on Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 AM.

This event is part of Reading Without Walls, an annual nationwide reading program encouraging students to read books that they wouldn’t normally choose on their own. This means reading a broad variety of titles with different themes, diverse authors and content, formats, settings, characters, and subjects. This program is a challenge from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit ReadingWithoutWalls.com.

John Patrick Green grew up on Long Island in New York and went to the School of Visual Arts for graphic design. He is the illustrator of the graphic novels Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat!, both with writer Dave Roman. He’s also worked on comics for Disney, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Scholastic, and DC Comics. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many LEGOs.

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children’s book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, and Chicken & Cat Clean Up. They have received many accolades–among others, Odd Duck was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2013, Bake Sale was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for 2012, and Robot Dreams was on Oprah’s Kids’ Reading List in 2008. In 2013 Sara Varon was a recipient of the Maurice Sendak Fellowship.

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WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
(201) 763-6611

DC – Reading Without Walls Discussion

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Library of Congress on Monday April 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM!

Celebrated graphic novelist and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang discusses Reading Without Walls, a new reading initiative for kids that encourages kids to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world through books.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20540
(202) 707-5000

RI – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Books on the Square and Moses Brown School are pleased to present graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang at the Woodman Family Center on Tuesday April 4th at 4:00 PM. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. READING WITHOUT WALLS promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. Yang will also talk about his successful graphic novels and be available to sign books.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available after 3:00 p.m. in the lots accessible from Hope Street or take the number 1 RIPTA bus heading North.

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Woodman Family Center
250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

DC – Reading Without Walls Signing

Press Release:

Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and bestselling comic book creator Gene Luen Yang for a signing on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM!

Gene Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, New Super-Man, Secret Coders, The Shadow Hero, and many more. Gene Yang was recently appointed the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader.

As the National Ambassador, he has also started the Reading Without Walls challenge for all readers.

More information about Gene Yang’s books, his ambassadorship, and the Reading Without Walls challenge can be found on his website.

Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of Gene’s books to be signed, but copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

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Big Planet Comics of Washington DC
1520 U St. NW Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961

ME – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang, co-author of the newly released SECRETS AND SEQUENCES: SECRET CODERS, comes to Print: A Bookstore as part of his “Reading Without Walls” tour on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, “Reading Without Walls,” a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April. The program will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, “Reading Without Walls” is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things. In addition to speaking about this terrific new program, Mr. Yang will sign copies of his latest book in the “Secret Coders series,” SECRETS AND SEQUENCES!

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 536-4778

PA – Reading Without Walls Lecture

The Doylestown Bookshop and Holicong Middle School are excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, to Holicong Middle School on Sunday, April 2 2017 at 6:00 PM. You must register for the event at the link. Admission is free.

The author will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. The author’s books will be available for sale at the event. He will be signing books at the event.

About Reading without Walls:

Initiated as a pilot program at the time Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, Reading Without Walls, a program to expand the range of books that children read, will launch and become an annual event beginning in April.

Reading Without Walls is designed to “celebrate reading and diversity” and encourage children to read books outside of their personal experience, books they might not have considered before. Structured as an educational challenge, the program encourages children to “read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you,” or to read “a book about a topic you don’t know much about,” or “a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun, such as a chapter book, an audio book, a graphic novel, or a book in verse.” Once a challenge is completed children receive certificates and other rewards that mark their literary achievement.

In an interview with PW, Yang, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, who has had two graphic novels nominated for National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature, said that “[Reading Without Walls] started last January as an experimental pilot when I was appointed National Ambassador. Schools and libraries and bookstores put up displays and issued challenges. We want to make it easier for them.” Yang said the pilot program has led to the design of certificates of participation, posters, activity kits, puzzles, and other materials to promote the reading program.

“I announced Reading Without Walls program at the National Book Festival [last fall] with a speech on social media. People really ran with it and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback. Now we’re finalizing the program and supplying a lot of formal materials to teachers, retailers, and librarians that will help them get involved.”

Yang said that feedback from the pilot program has helped to expand the program to “reading in other languages. We’ll also have kits that encourage children to create their own poetry, novels and comics. We’re taking [the program] from reading without walls, to encouraging kids to make their own stories, outside of their walls.”

The program is a partnership with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Book Council, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Holicong Middle School
2900 Holicong Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902
(267) 893-2700

CT – Secrets & Sequences Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at R.J. Julia Booksellers on Monday April 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM!

Gene is this year’s National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature and will be discussing Reading Without Walls, an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things!

Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won’t rest until they’ve learned the whole story, but they aren’t the only ones interested in the school’s past.

Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he’s nothing compared to the guy who’s really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman.

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R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443
203-245-3959

MA – Reading Without Walls Signing

Gene Luen Yang appears at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday April 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM!

Celebrated graphic novelist and National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang discusses Reading Without Walls, a new reading initiative for kids that encourages kids to get out of their comfort zone and explore the world through books. Signing will follow at the Brookline Booksmith.  This event is co-hosted by the Brookline Booksmith and the Public Library of Brookline.

About Gene Yang:
Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as Boxers & Saints, The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Event Guidelines:

  • Tickets are $5
  • Tickets may be purchased online, in-store, or over the phone
  • The line at the theatre will form promptly at 5:30pm
  • Gene’s presentation at the theatre will last an hour
  • He will follow with a signing, to take place at Brookline Booksmith
  • Several of Gene’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the Booksmith
  • You are not required to purchase a book in order to join the signing line

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660