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  • Why Study Diverse Books?
    Within the field of children’s and young adult literature, publishers, authors, and educators at all levels have made a commitment to increasing awareness of and access to texts that invite a variety of narratives into the conversation. This is evidenced readily by the quickly growing We Need Diverse Books campaign, a grassroots effort that “advocates […]
  • Literature for Young People at UConn — history and commitments
    The University of Connecticut spearheaded the academic study of texts for young people. In the early 1970s, Francelia Butler was the first professor in the United States to teach children’s literature within an English department, an effort that launched the field of children’s and young adult literature within the humanities. She helped develop the Children’s […]

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