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"

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, we held our Inaugural Youth Lit Salon, where librarians, writers, teachers, & booksellers came together to discuss hot topics in youth literature, librarianship and writing.

Our first theme was "Fighting Words." Authors and librarians acted as facilitators for informal conversations on derogatory or controversial language in youth literature, censorship and self-censorship, and balancing intellectual freedom and personal values.

This program will be offered again at the California Library Association Conference in Riverside in November 2017.

More information will be available soon.



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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The Children's Literature Council of Southern California is a non-profit organization that promotes greater interest in literature for children and young people and encourages excellence in the production and selection of books in that field. The work of the Council is accomplished through the cooperative effort of its members who include school and public librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, parents, and others interested in children's and young adult literature. This diversity means that members share a wealth of expertise.

The organization was founded in 1961 by Dorothy C. McKenzie and others dedicated to the celebration of literature for children and teens in the Southern California area. A 21 member Board of Directors with 7 officers coordinates and plans the activities for the organization.

The Council educates its members through many events and activities. The Spring Workshop provides practical information to those who work directly with young people and literature. Through publicity, the Council supports the activities of other organizations involved with literature for children and young adults.

The Council also recognizes the works of Southern California authors and illustrators in categories that reflect the most outstanding books published the previous year. These AWARDS are presented at the annual FALL GALA which features a reception honoring Southern California authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults as well as a distinguished speakeR.

THE SAMPLER, a newsletter published by the Council, keeps readers updated on events, trends, and issues in children's and young adult literature. The Council also publishes a MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY each year for its members.




Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer Driscoll, Public Librarian
Jennifer is a Children's Librarian at the Pasadena Public Library. She has also served on the Children's Literature Council Awards Committee and is an active participant in the CLCSC Pasadena area Book Club. She is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee.

Laurie Reese
Immediate Past President
Laurie Reese, Public Librarian
Laurie is Hollywood Area Children's Librarian III for the City of Los Angeles Public Library.

1st Vice President (FALL GALA)
Maxine Lucas

Maxine is a retired School Librarian. She has been a CLC member since 1991.

Katherine Adams
Katherine Adams
Katherine is Regional Youth Services Coordinator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library.

Joanna Fabicon

Joanna Fabicon, Public Librarian
Joanna is
the Senior Librarian in Children's Services at the Central Library of LAPL. She has previously served on CLCSC's Awards Committee.

Diana Garcia
Diana Garcia, Public Librarian
Diana Garcia is a Children’s Librarian at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. Her professional interests include children’s literature, service to diverse communities and early literacy.

Dr. Marjorie Arnett
Dr. Marjorie Arnett
Marjorie retired in 2009 after 42 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and administrator in public and private schools in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and California.  She was western regional coordinator for IRA Teacher Book Choice Award, founding board member of Wisconsin Independent School Educators (WISE), Founding Board Member, member of Smiley Public Library Family day Planning committee, and Coordinator of Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival at the University of Redlands. 
Anush Balayan

Anush Balayan, Children's Librarian
Anush Balayan is a Youth Services Librarian serving children and teens at the Monrovia Public Library. 

Caroline Gill

Caroline Gill, School Librarian
Caroline is a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian at Venice High School in Los Angeles.

Annette Goldsmith

Annette Y. Goldsmith
Annette is a Lecturer in the University of Washington Information School where she teaches online graduate courses in children’s and young adult materials for digital-age youth. She is also the Librarian at the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel of Los Angeles. Her most recent book, co-edited with Theo Heras and Susan Corapi, is Reading the World’s Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of International Youth Literature (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)

Pamela M. Greene

Pamela M. Greene, Children's Librarian
Pamela is a children's librarian at the Inglewood Public Library and a former school librarian. She is also a Web Designer and is currently the Webmaster for the CLCSC Website.

Judith Kantor
Judith Kantor, School Librarian
Judith is the librarian at the UCLA Lab School.
Lynn Kysh Lynn Kysh - Clinical & Research Librarian at University of Southern California & Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Lynn Kysh is a medical librarian who works with researchers at the Norris Medical Library on the USC health sciences campus, and supports clinicians at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her professional interests include children’s literature, systematic reviews, and evidence-based medicine.
Rachel Lizotte
Rachel Lizotte
Rachel Lizotte is a Children's Librarian at the County of Los Angeles Public Library. 
Andrea Loney

Andrea J. Loney, Author
Andrea J. Loney is an award-winning author of children’s picture books. She earned her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University, and currently teaches computer classes at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Her works include TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VANDERZEE (Lee & Low Books 2017), BUNNYBEAR (Albert Whitman & Company 2017), and DOUBLE BASS BLUES (Random House Knopf 2019).

E. Katherine Kottaras E. Katherine Kottaras, Author
E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, and now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. Katherine is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. She is the author of the YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen.
Katherine Loeser
Katherine Loeser, Public Librarian
Katherine is the Library Supervisor of the Case Verdugo and Grandview branches in Glendale's Library, Arts & Culture Department, where she coordinates adult and teen collection development and programming. Prior to this position, Katherine was the Children's Librarian at the Pacific Park Branch for five years.
Meredith McGowan
Meredith McGowan, Public Librarian
Meredith is a Librarian at the Pacoima Branch of the City of Los Angeles Public Library. She has previously served on CLC's Awards Committee."


Barbara Metzenbaum Barbara Metzenbaum, Children's Librarian
Barbara is the Senior Librarian at the Hollywood Regional Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library. She was Past President of FOCAL - Friends of Children and Literature - and currently serves on its board as Webmaster.
Joanna Ward
Joanna Ward, Public Librarian
Joanna is the Children's Services Librarian at the Huntington Park Library, a County of Los Angeles Public Library. She has served on the Awards Committee and as the Awards Committee Chair.
Christine Allen, (Emeritus)
Christine is District Librarian for grades K-12 in Riverside, California.
Serenna Day, (Emeritus)
Serena retired from the Los Angeles Public Library and serves as Past President of FOCAL.
Roger Kelly, (Emeritus)
Roger has served on the Board since 1996.  He is the Coordinator of Children's and Teen Services for the Santa Monica Public Library.
Penny Markey, (Emeritus)
Retired Public Librarian, Advocate, Libraries and Literacy, Children and Families.
Lynne Mook, (Emeritus) Retired Book Distributor - Mook and Blanchard




Sue Alexander


Carolyn Johnson


Peggy Miller