2019 CLCSC Awards

Excellence in a Picture Book
Anne Bollman
Help Find Frank by Anne Bollman
Anne Bollman
Help Find Frank
Sterling Children's Books, 2018
"Excellence in a Work of Juvenile Fiction"
Marie Miranda Cruz
Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz
Marie Miranda Cruz
Everlasting Nora
Starscape, 2018
"Outstanding Work of Creative Non-Fiction"
Sally Deng
Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots of WWII
Sally Deng
Skyward: The Story of Female Pilots of WWII
Flying Eye Books, 2018
"Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature"

Dana Davis

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana Davis
Dana L. Davis
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
Harlequin Teen, 2018



"Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Children's Literature"
Lee Wardlaw

Lee Wardlaw
Author and Poet

For Her Work after the California Wildfires
From collecting donations of books, to transporting them herself all the way from Santa Barbara to Paradise, CA in an RV, Lee Wardlaw embodies true youth advocacy. She saw a literary need for the children of Paradise and their families, and took upon herself to fill that need, with creativity, compassion and drive. In doing so, she helped recreate something for the children that they had lost in the Paradise fires; a sense of normalcy, escape and community.

An article by Jason Boog in Publishers' Weekly, April 16, 2019 tells the whole story: "Donations Help Rebuild Libraries in Paradise, Calif."  















































































































































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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Events - 2018 Fall Gala

Javaka Steptoe

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe


2019 Fall Gala
Keynote Speaker
Javaka Steptoe

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Luminarias Restaurant
3500 W. Ramona Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754



Javaka Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer, and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children’s literature. He is the 2017 recipient of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Utilizing everyday objects, from aluminum plates to pocket lint, and sometimes illustrating with a jigsaw and paint, he delivers reflective and thoughtful collage creations filled with vitality, playful energy, and strength. For Steptoe,  "...collage is a means of survival. It is how Black folks survived four hundred years of oppression, taking the scraps of life and transforming them into art forms."

As both an artist and educator, he challenges traditional notions of Black art, emphasizing the richness of a collective past through his use of family as a recurring theme and centerpiece. Steptoe explains, "I want my audience no matter what their background, to be able to enter into my world and make connections with comparable experiences in their own lives."


      Past Fall Galas

2018 Margarita Engle
Featured Speaker: Margarita Engle
2017 Steve Sheinkin
Featured Speaker: Steve Sheinkin
2016 Sharon Draper

Featured Speaker: Sharon Draper

2015 David Wiesner

Featured Speaker: David Wiesner

2014 Bryan Collier

Featured Speaker: Bryan Collier

2013 Linda Sue Park

Featured Speaker: Linda Sue Park


Candace Fleming

Eric Rohmann

Featured Speakers: Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

2011 Lois Lowry

Featured Speaker: Lois Lowry

2010 Jacqueline Woodson

Featured Speaker: Jacqueline Woodson

2009 Jennifer Holm

Featured Speaker: Jennifer Holm


Louis Sachar

Featured Speaker: Louis Sachar

2007 Jane Yolen

Featured Speaker: Jane Yolen

2006 Avi

Featured Speaker: Avi

2005 Jerry Pinkney

Featured Speaker: Jerry Pinkney

2004 Vicki Cobb

Featured Speaker: Vicki Cobb

2003 Nancy Farmer

Featured Speaker: Nancy Farmer

2002 Allen Say

Featured Speaker: Allen Say

2001 Thatcher Hurd

Featured Speaker: Thatcher Hurd

2000 Donna Jo Napoli

Featured Speaker: Donna Jo Napoli

1999 Rosemary Wells

Featured Speaker: Rosemary Wells

1998 Marion Dane Bauer

Featured Speaker: Marion Dane Bauer

1997 Victor Martinez

Featured Speaker: Victor Martinez

1996 Tom Feelings

Featured Speaker: Tom Feelings

1995 Joan Lowery Nixon

Featured Speaker: Joan Lowery Nixon

1994 Robert San Souci

Featured Speaker: Robert San Souci

1993 Johanna Hurwitz

Featured Speaker: Johanna Hurwitz

1992 Lillian Hoban

Featured Speaker: Lillian Hoban

1991 Paul Fleischman

Featured Speaker: Paul Fleischman

1990 Stephen Kellogg

Featured Speaker: Steven Kellogg

1989 Mollie Hunter

Featured Speaker: Mollie Hunter

1988 Richard Peck

Featured Speaker: Richard Peck

1987 Patricia MacLachlan

Featured Speaker: Patricia MacLachlan

1986 Jean Karl

Featured Speaker: Jean Karl



Featured Speaker: Constance George
1984 Virginia Hamilton

Featured Speaker: Virginia Hamilton

1983 Jack Prelutsky

Featured Speaker: Jack Prelutsky

1982 Jean Craighead George

Featured Speaker: Jean Craighead George

1981 Lillian Gerhardt

Featured Speaker: Lillian N. Gerhardt
Editor in Chief of School Library Journal

1980 Beverly Cleary

Featured Speaker: Beverly Cleary

1979 Jane Yolen

Featured Speaker: Jane Yolen

1978 Charlotte Zolotow

Featured Speaker: Charlotte Zolotow

1977 Tom Sullivan

Featured Speakers: Derek Gill and Tom Sullivan