Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature


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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.

Vince Vawter wins Newbery Honor

Vince Vawter signing copies of PaperboyJanuary 27th proved to be a very exciting day for CCYAL and an even more exciting day for our guest speaker and local author, Mr. Vince Vawter. At precisely 6:43am he recieved a call from the American Library Association 2014 Newbery committee to let him know that his first novel, Paperboy,  was selected as one of this year's three Newbery Honor books.

Paperboy author Vince Vawter to Speak, January 27

PaperboyLocal author Vince Vawter will speak in the CCI Auditorium at 7pm on January 27, 2013 about his recent book for young people. Paperboy is set in Memphis, TN in 1959 and features an 11-year-old boy who stutters. A School Library Journal reviewer says, “Vawter portrays a protagonist so true to a disability that one cannot help but empathize with the difficult world of a stutterer. Yet, Victor's story has much broader appeal as the boy begins to mature and redefine his relationship with his parents, think about his aspirations for the future, and explore his budding spirituality.


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