2016 CLCSC Awards

Outstanding Work of Fiction
Pam Munoz Ryan Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Pam Munoz Ryan - Echo
Scholastic Press,,2015.
Outstanding Picture Book
Antoinette Portis Wait by Antoinette  Portis
Antoinette Portis - Wait
Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
Excellence in Illustration
Vincent X. Kirsch Gingerbread for Liberty! by Vincent X. Kirsch
Vincent X. Kirsch - Gingerbread for Liberty! Written by Mara Rockliff.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature
Noelle Stevnson Nimona by Nicole Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson - Nimona
Harperteen, 2015.
Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Children's Literature
Marjorie Arnett Charlotte Huck Festival

Marjorie Arnett
Marjorie has been an educator for over 40 years in schools and universities in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and California. Marjorie is one of the three people who helped Charlotte Huck begin the Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival held annually at the University of Redlands since 1997.



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.



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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About Us

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 President
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
, School Librarian
Maxine is a School Librarian at Harvard-Westlake Middle School in Los Angeles. 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 a Librarian in the Children's Literature Department 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. 
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.
coming soon


Rachel Lizotte
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.
Ann Stampler
Ann Stampler, Author
Ann Redisch Stampler is an award-winning Los Angeles-based writer of children's picture books and young adult novels. She welcomes the opportunity to serve on the CLC board, promoting children's literacy and connections between the different professions committed to children's literature.
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