The XIS Library honored to host award-winning author and cartoonist Gene Luen Yang as a virtual guest speaker during our May 11-15 literacy week. His many prestigious awards include being the first National Book Award finalist for a graphic novel, the winner of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Readers, and most recently, Mr. Yang was awarded the 2016 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

Well over 100 students attended the secondary presentation on May 11. Mr. Yang spoke at length about his semi-autobiographical award-winning book, American Born Chinese, which our eighth-grade students read as part of their Language and Literature class. In the elementary school, Mr. Yang led our youngest students in creating their own comic drawings and for students in grades 2-5, Mr. Yang shared his journey to becoming an author and comic. With the help of his daughter, Mr. Yang also taught students a coding game to play and showed them a bit of his own coding work that relates to his book series, Secret Coders.