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Celebrating 150 Years of The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett in East Tennessee


Week of November 16-19 2015 150th anniversary celebration in New Market, Jefferson City, and Dandridge Tennessee .

 Most everyone in our area has heard of The Secret Garden, but few know that the author lived here in East Tennessee when she first came to America from England in 1865, first living in New Market, then in Knoxville. The life and works of Frances Hodgson Burnett will be celebrated the week of Nov. 16-19 with several events taking place. Frances's life was like some of the books she penned, going from wealth to poverty, then a rags to riches story. The author, who wrote many books, is best remembered for her three most famous children's books, The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and A Little Princess.

SE-YA Announces Authors

The CCYAL will be co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for young adults in the spring of 2016.  The South East Young Adult Book Festival (SE-YA Book Fest) seeks to further literacy education in the youth of Tennessee.  This free event allows young adult literature readers the ability to communicate with authors, participate in book signings and writing workshops, and much more.  You can view the author line up below.  More information about SE-YA can be found on their website, facebook, and twitter (@seyabookfest) pages.


CCYAL to Begin Story Hour Initiative with UT's Early Learning Center

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.


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