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Shopping for Books? Help the Center Out!

We hope you are planning on joining us Monday evening for children's and young adult author Matt de la Pena, who will be joining us at Barnes and Noble at 7:00 p.m. While you are there, make sure you pick up a few books to read! If you mention The Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature, we will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale.  You can present this flyer or simply mention The Center.  This code also works at from September 19-24.  Thanks for supporting The Center and happy reading!

Fighting Censorship and Assumptions Through Words and Actions

Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Pena is not just a man of words.  Of course, as an author, words are his world, but when it comes to children’s and young adult literature, he bolsters words of legitimacy with actions of advocacy.  Awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award for 2016 for his advocacy, Matt strives to defend and campaign for multicultural YA texts, which allow adolescent readers to see “reflections of themselves.”  

Award-Winning Author, Matt de la Pena, to Visit

Our fall semester is just beginning here at the Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature and we have many new and exciting things to share with you.  We wanted to let you know of an upcoming event that we are thrilled about.  On September 19, Matt de la Pena will be visiting the Knoxville area.  Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson).


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