Vernon’s Hangout

I am Vernon G. Rilla, the Reading Primate! As a faculty member at University of Minnesota, I promote children’s and adolescent literature and the joy of reading.  Below you’ll learn a little more about me and you’ll find some of my writings. Come visit me on Twitter and Facebook!


  • Deep Plunge Between the Lines: (Random Acts of) Kindness (10/2/2016) - Deep Plunge is a definitive commentary on key aspects of children’s and adolescent literature. Offered freely by Vernon the Reading Primate for the betterment of all reading primates everywhere, it reveals invaluable insights into how books work and why you should read them. Being kind to others is one of those (cross)cultural norms that seem … Continue reading
  • Deep Plunge Between the Lines: Embarrassment (7/1/2016) - Deep Plunge is a definitive commentary on key aspects of children’s and adolescent literature. Offered freely by Vernon the Reading Primate for the betterment of all reading primates everywhere, it reveals invaluable insights into how books work and why you should read them. One of the things that come standard as part of adolescence is … Continue reading