Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature


Author Adam Gidwitz to visit UTK Hodges Library

 The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is delighted to welcome author Adam Gidwitz on Monday, October 19th, 2015.  Gidwitz is the best-selling author of the Grimm Trio (A Tale Dark and Grimm, In a Glass Grimmly, and The Grimm Conclusion), which represent fairy tales in a way which you have never heard before! In the first of the collection, we meet siblings Hansel and Gretel who travel from their story and into eight other classic fairy tales.  Along the way, we are told the “real” story of those witches, edible houses, and sneaky little children.  

New Graduate Teaching Associate

The Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature has a new graduate teaching associate for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Katie Thomas is a native of Knoxville and graduated from Knox Central High School before earning her B.S. in Interdiscplinary Studies from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  She continued her education at MTSU earning an M.S. in Advanced Studies of Teaching and Learning with a focus in literacy instruction. While in the middle Tennessee area, she worked at the elementary level teaching fourth grade for five years and third grade for three years.  Most recently, she was an instructor in Learning Support Reading at Pellissippi State.

Susan Groenke, Director of CCYAL, Named Chair of 2015 ALAN Award Committee

Susan Groenke, Director of the CCYAL, has been named Chair of the 2015 ALAN Award Committee. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN) presents an annual ALAN Award to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. The recipient may be a publisher, author, librarian, scholar, editor, or servant to the organization. Each year, an honoree is chosen by the Executive Board and receives the ALAN Award at the annual ALAN breakfast, which is held early morning Saturday during the NCTE Convention. A list of past honorees includes David Levithan, Judy Blume, Jack Gantos, Louise Rosenblatt, Sharon Draper, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Dean Myers, Teri Lesesne, and Mildred Taylor.


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