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Looking for some great books for your children or your students? Educators, librarians, and parents are invited to a workshop Friday that will highlight the best titles of the year.

Registration is now under way for “The Best of the Best 2012 Workshop,” which is being co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street The morning session, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, will showcase books through sixth grade, and the afternoon session, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., will showcase books through high school age.

“This workshop is important because it helps energize and inspire teachers, librarians and parents about new books to share with their students and children,” said Miranda Clark, director of the Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature. “It is such a fun day to mingle with others in the field and share their enthusiasm for the literature and the art of books for children and young adults.”

The workshop will feature talks by experts on current literary trends and showcase some of the year’s best new books. Presenters will include acclaimed blogger Julie Danielson; center board members and local school librarians Lisa Meidl and Emily Davenport; and Cindy Welch, assistant professor and youth services coordinator for the School of Information Sciences.

To compile a list of the year’s best books, “we look at starred reviews from the major children’s literature review journals or titles that catch our eye when they come through the center’s examination collection,” Clark said.

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C O N T A C T :

Miranda Clark (865-974-2305,