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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.


Partner With Us: Children’s Book Tour

The CCYAL wants to continue inspiring students to read by hosting a children’s book tour where three children’s authors will come and visit with students. Partner with us to reach our $2,500 goal and help ensure that all children in our community have the opportunity to learn and develop into the next generation of Vols. https://volstarter.utk.edu/s/1341/utk/volstarter/interior.aspx?sid=1341&gid=2&pgid=12526


Center Mascot Sachi Spotlights Spring Events!

March 25 & 26: Author James Preller school visits and evening book signing at Union Ave. Books
April 15: Author Kerry Madden-Lunsford school visits and evening book signing at Union Ave. Books
April 28 & 29: Author Bea Birdsong school visits and evening book signing at Union Ave. Books
April 28 & 29: Author Katie Hesterman school visits
July 19: “Best of the Best” book conference at the East Tennessee History Center

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.