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Author Jason Reynolds visits students at Austin East High School

Welcome to the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature where our goal is to engage and empower young readers with high-quality children’s and young adult books.


Center Mascot Sachi Spotlights Best of the Best Reading Lists!

On July 19 our annual “Best of the Best” book conference was held at the East Tennessee History Center. The Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee and Knox County Public Library are pleased to share book lists from the presenters showcasing the best new books for children and young adults from the past year. Get the book lists here.

PhD Specialization in Children’s & Young Adult Literature

Students interested in researching past and current trends in children’s and young adult literature now can do so at UT, thanks to a new doctoral specialization.