We at the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) believe reading aloud is imperative to promoting early engagement with children’s and young adult literature. Reading aloud to young children “is one of the major motivators for independent reading” (Allington & Cunningham, 2007) and “when teachers read aloud, they model the characteristics of fluent, independent reading” as well as print direction and concepts, text features, and vocabulary development (McQuilian, 2009).To grow this creed and extend partnerships across the campus community, the Center is working in conjunction with UT’s Early Learning Center for Research and Practice (ELC) for a new read aloud initiative.
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 that will be offered Fall 2015. See link below for the coursework requirements.
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.
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.
Join us for our annual Best of the Best (Thus Far) Workshop to learn about exciting new titles for children and young adults!
When: Friday, July 17th, 9am-4pm
Where: East Tennessee History Center, Gay Street, Downtown Knoxville