Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature


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.

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!


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