Youth Lit Salon

CLCSC's Youth Lit Salon "Fighting Words"

On Saturday, May 21, 2015, 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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2016 Fall Gala

Sharon M. Draper

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Keynote Speaker:
Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is an educator and writer. She is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award. She is also a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of My Mind staying on the list for almost two years. She has authored over 25 books for children, young adults, and educators. Her newest book, Stella by Starlight, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers' Weekly.

She was selected as Ohio’s Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year, and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. In 2015 she was honored by the American Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. For further information, please see her website:

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper November Blues by Sharon M. Draper Just Another Hero by Sharon M. Draper
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper Panic by Sharon M. Draper
Sassy series by Sharon M. Draper Clubhouse Msyteries by Sharon M. Draper Not Quite Burned Out by Sharon M. Draper Teaching from the Heart by Sharon M. Draper Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Sharon M. Draper

The 2016 Fall Gala brings together children's book authors and illustrators with public and school librarians, teachers, and others interested in children's literature. It will feature a brunch and keynote address by David Wiesner followed by an awards ceremony to honor the following authors, illustrators, and contributors of excellence to the field of children's literature in Southern California.