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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).

Best of the Best Countdown

The countdown is on to the Best of the Best event (BoB)!  It's impossible to read all the new great children's and young adult litearture that comes out each year, so let us help you! BoB is a day-long series of book talks about books for children and teens, and is focused on the newest and best materials published since July 2015. There are curriculum-related connections for school librarians, and programming connections for public librarians. The event is open to teachers, librarians, nonprofit employees, caregivers, and anyone who is interested in the latest fiction and nonfiction for youth! 

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