Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature


CCYAL Chosen as Carnegie Community Partnership Exemplar

Carnegie SealWe are proud to announce that the Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature was chosen as a Carnegie exemplary community partnership! UT Knoxville has earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs. The prestigious Carnegie engagement classification recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to strengthening the bond between campus and community.

Steve Sheinkin Author Visit

Port Chicago 50 Steve SheinkinOn Monday October 6, the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee is hosting Steve Sheinkin, author of the award-winning young adult non-fiction book BOMB: The Race to Build-and Steal-The World's Most Deadliest Weapon and many others. His latest book, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, a WWII Civil Rights drama,is on the long list for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature!!! Sheinkin will give a lecture in the Hodges Library Auditorium on UT campus at 7pm. There will be a light reception from 6-7pm in Hodges Library. We invite you to attend and tell others about this event. For more information you may visit his web site at This is an author who writes great, engaging nonfiction for young people!

2014 Best of the Best Workshop

Best of the Best bannerPlease join us for this, our 5th annual, Best of the Best Workshop. We will spend the day at the East Tennessee History Museum, where attendees can also take a tour of the current Reading Appalachia exhibit.  So come hear from our local experts about the most recent crop of excellent titles for children and young adults. More information is available at

Reading Appalachia

Reading Appalachia exhibit banner

CCYAL is proud to co-sponsor this groundbreaking exhibit. Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook in this groundbreaking exhibit on Appalachian children's literature.

Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children's books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia. You'll feel like you're walking through the pages of a storybook. Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters from Journey Cake Ho, A Mountain Rose, When Otter Tricked the Rabbit, When I Was Young, and others.


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