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Center for Children’s and Adult Literature hosts “I’d Rather Read YA” online book club

Over the course of this Spring semester, the Center for Children’s and Adult Literature (CCYAL), a center within Theory & Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE), has been hosting their “I’d Rather Read YA” online book club. The club will continue to run through May 2020.

Free and open to the public, the book club is a partnership with Union Ave Books, to invite the community to join CCYAL in reading a selected young adult novel, and to participate in a live Zoom chat to discuss the book. CCYAL has been very fortunate, so far, to have the authors of each book join them in the monthly chat!

As part of their educational mission, CCYAL’s goal is to engage and empower young readers with high-quality children’s and young adult books. They also educate undergraduate and graduate students and teachers in the research and study of children’s and young adult literature.

Past and upcoming authors / novels include:

  • February 2020 – Quiver by Julia Watts
  • March 2020 – Slay by Brittany Morris
  • April 2020 – The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • May 2020 – Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

If you would like to participate in the online monthly book club, please email Susan Groenke, assistant professor of English education and TPTE assistant department head, at to register and get the Zoom link.

To find out more about upcoming author / novel selections, be sure to follow CCYAL on social media or visit their website.