2017 CLCSC Awards

Outstanding Work of Fiction
Jennifer Holm Full of Beans by jennifer L. Holm
Jennifer L. Holm
Full of Beans
Random house Books for Young Readers, 2016.
Outstanding Picture Book
K.G. Campbell Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell
K. G. Campbell
Dylan the Villain
Viking Books for Young Reraders, 2016.
Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry
Nikki Grime Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
Nikki Grimes
Garvey's Choice
WordSong, 2016.
Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature
Nicola Yoon The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Nicola Yoon
The Sun is Also a Star
Delacorte Press, 2016.
Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Children's Literature
Alyson Beecher Althea Allarey

Alyson Beecher and Alethea Allarey

Alyson Beecher is an educator, writing mentor, book geek, and blogger. During the day she works with elementary school students. Her passion is getting her students excited about books, reading, and writing.  She also believes that it is critical to partner with teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, booksellers, and publishers to support efforts to connect children and teens to books.

Alethea Allarey is a former bookseller and loves everything from picture books to adult fiction. She currently blogs on Read Now, Sleep later where she reviews materials for young readers and connects them to book events in the area. 

Together, Alyson and Alethea co-founded the grassroots organization, "Bridge to Books." They wanted to see people come together from various disciplines to share thoughts and ideas, with the overall goal of getting children excited about books and reading. Their core group consists of about 30 educators, librarians, publishers, authors, booksellers, artists, and teen readers. Through"Bridge to Books,"Alyson and Alethea help out at the popular festival, "Pasadena Loves YA," connecting readers, authors, and librarians with panels, signings, giveaways and more!


Youth Lit Salon

CLCSC's Youth Lit Salon "Fighting Words"

Authors and librarians act as facilitators for informal conversations on derogatory or controversial language in youth literature, censorship and self-censorship, and balancing intellectual freedom and personal values.






The Children's Literature Council of Southern California is a professional organization of librarians, teachers, authors, and illustrators creating a community that honors and promotes children's and young adult literature.


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2018 Spring Workshop
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ann Balsum

"Sharing Hard Truths
in Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults"
Keynote Speaker: Ann Bausum

Although "fake news," "alternative facts," bans on words and attacks on knowledge are not new in the history of our country, this is the climate in which writers are writing and librarians and teachers are sharing works of nonfiction for young readers. We are living in hard times for justice, understanding, and truth. In this workshop, we will explore the state and look of nonfiction for children and young adults in 2018, where young readers get their nonfiction, and whose stories are being told and have yet to be told.

Ann Bausum writes about history for young people. Her books help upper elementary, middle school, and high school students discover the drama and significance of stories from history that may barely be presented in their textbooks. Her goal is to "make history relevant, engaging, alive, and irresistible." In a recent Horn Book article, Ann writes, "We observe that forgotten history tends to be repeated. Nothing good comes from distorted history, either, which is why we must hold fast to the truth, even when it’s painful, and do our best to set down stories straight."

For more information about Ann, please visit her website:

Venue and other information about the Spring Workshop will be announced soon. Please check back for more information.




Margareta Engle

Save the Date!
2018 Fall Gala
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Keynote Speaker
Margareta Engle

Margareta Engle is the national Young People's Poet Laureate, for 2017 - 2019 and the first Latino to receive that honor. The Young People’s Poet Laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

Margareta is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Lightning Dreamer, a PEN USA Award winner. Her verse memoir, Enchanted Air, received the Pura Belpré Award, Golden Kite Award, Walter Dean Myers Honor, and Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, among others. Drum Dream Girl received the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book text.

Venue: Luminarius Restaurant, 3500 W. Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Registration and more information will be available in June.