Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books in 2006. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.
In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman.
In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.