CONGRATULATIONS!
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
Althea Allarey Alyson Beecher

Alyson Beecher and Althea 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 run 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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  Awards - Dorothy C. McKenzie   Award for Distinguished Service to   the Field of Children's Literature

Dorothy C. McKenzie

This award is named for the organization's founder, Dorothy C. McKenzie. The award is given periodically in recognition of an individual's contribution to the field of children's literature.

Dorothy C. McKenzie taught children's literature at California State College at Los Angeles in the 1950's and 1960's. Her courses required students to write papers as well as read 125 children's books and report on them. She was known to have at least 4 sections of her popular children's literature course, filled to more than usual capacity, with long waiting lists to get into a section. When asked about her course, McKenzie replied, "It is a course which is vitally important to all teachers, both elementary and secondary. I believe this type of course helps to develop critical sensitive readers - first the prospective teachers, then the children."

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DORTHY C. MCKENZIE AWARD WINNERS:

2017

Alethea Allarey

Alyson Beecher

Alethea Allarey and Alyson Beecher
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. 

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.

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 run the popular festival, "Pasadena Loves YA," connecting readers, authors, and librarians with panels, signings, giveaways and more!

2016 Marjorie Arnett 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. She continues to coordinate its planning committee. Marjorie facilitates and hosts a children's literature discussion group which was started by Charlotte s. Huck in 1988, is a member of the Smiley Public Library planning committee, and a board member of the Children's Literature Council of Southern California having served on the award selection committee and Fall Gala planning committee. In 2011, she was named a Town and Gown Woman of Distinction. When she is not reading or writing or planning the Festival, Marjorie enjoys sharing her Redlands home with friends and family, gardening, the theater, music, the water, and showing her dogs in obedience and rally.
2015 Maureen Palacios
Owner of Once Upon a Time Bookstore.
2014 Claudette S. McLinn Claudette S. McLinn
As Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, Dr. Claudette S. McLinn has been a passionate and influential advocate for multicultural children’s literature and library service to children. Her distinguished service to the field of children’s literature has spanned many years and includes a career with LAUSD where she retired in 2011 as a District Coordinating Field Librarian. She has served as a member and chair of numerous American Library Association committees including prestigious award committees. Dr. McLinn received a Master of Library and information Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Science and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Dr. McLinn lives in Simi Valley.
2013 Allyn Johnston

Allyn Johnston
Allyn Johnston is a longstanding children's book publisher who has been deeply dedicated to publishing directly from Southern California for almost 30 years. When Harcourt left for New York, Allyn insisted upon staying in California and was able to land a job with a publisher willing to create an imprint in San Diego. She has cultivated many of our most beloved local authors and illustrators.

2012 Melissa Elliott Melissa Elliott
Melissa Elliott is the senior Young Adult Services Librarian at Burbank Public Library. Her advocacy efforts for teens include co-founding a volunteer program through the UCLA Department of Information Studies to bring books and reading to incarcerated teens at Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, CA. Books Beyond Bars. She has been a librarian for five years.
2011 Sharon Hearn Sharon Hearn
Sharon Hearn is a former teacher who received her Masters
Degree in education from UCLA. She currently owns Children’s
Book World
in Los Angeles, one of the most popular bookstores in the city that works hard to foster community connections. She frequently brings children’s literature authors from around world to Los Angeles.
2010 Maureen Wade Maureen Wade
Retired from the Los Angeles Public Library as a Senior Librarian in the Children's Services Department. Maureen implemented the "Grandparents and Books" (now called, "STAR READERS") program to LAPL libraries which brought thousands of children to the libraries to be read to by adult volunteers.
2009
Joanne Spring Joanne Spring
Joanne Spring is a founding board member for Monrovia Reads. Its mission is "to create and support an environment where reading is valued and resources are provided in order that all community members know how to read and do read."
2008
Sylvia Anderle
Sylvia Anderle
As a Children's Librarian in the Fairview Branch of the Santa Monica Public Library, Sylvia Anderle has dedicated her professional career to providing quality literary children's services and programming in English and in Spanish. Sylvia has also been involved in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Children's Literature Council's Board of Directors.  She was recently honored by the New York Times as a "Librarian of the Year" for her dedicated service and her innovative Spanish language storytimes.
Susan Patron Susan Patron
Susan retired from the Los Angeles Public Library as a Senior Librarian in the Children's Services Department. Susan also won the 2007 John Newbery Medal Award for her book, The Higher Power of Lucky. www.susanpatron.com
Jody Fickes Shapiro Jody Fickes Shapiro
Jody is the former owner of the Ventura children's bookstore, Adventures for Kids. Over the years, Jody brought hundreds of prominent children's book authors and illustrators to Southern California.
2005 Dr. Isabel Schon Dr. Isabel Schon
Dr. Schon is the Director of the Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents and founding faculty at California State University, San Marcos. She has been a consultant on books in Spanish for young readers and bilingual/bicultural educational materials to schools, libraries and ministries of education in Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, and the United States. She has written twenty-two books and over 300 articles and chapters in books.
2004 Dr. Stephen Krashen Dr. Steven Krashen
Professor Emeritus, USC Department of Education, Learning & Instruction. An expert in the field of linguistics, Dr. Krashen specializes in theories of language acquisition and development. His recent research has focused on reading and its effect on language acquisition and success. He has published hundreds of books and articles, including The Power of Reading (Libraries Unlimited, 1993).
2003

Lin Oliver

Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser
Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser are the founders of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an organization that, under their guidance, has nurtured and inspired many of the creators of literature for children for over 30 years. Today, the organization is international in 70 regions and has approximately 18,000 members. The organization produces several publications, sponsors two international conferences and several regional conferences each year and is also active in presenting awards and grants to writers, illustrators, and organizations such as libraries and schools that promote children's literature. Because of their love of children's literature, Ms. Oliver and Mr. Mooser have helped hundreds of writers and illustrators achieve their potential.

2002 Charlotte Huck Charlotte Huck
Through her teaching, writing, and research, Charlotte Huck has encouraged many adults to bring literature and the joys of reading to thousands of children. Charlotte developed the graduate level program in children's literature at The Ohio State University, was past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, a former chair of the American Library Association's Caldecott Medal Committee, and an Arbuthnot Award winner.
2001 Renny Day Renny Day
Renny Day was recognized for a lifetime of service on behalf of young people and their books. While working as a children's librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library and in her retirement, Renny has been an organizer in the community, teaching classes and advocating for children's literature. She founded FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) and serves as a mentor to many public and school librarians. On the national level, Renny has been active in ALA and has contributed to publications in the field; she served as editor of the Horn Book Index 1924-1989. She is currently an Emeritus member of the Children's Literature Council Board.
2000 Mary Purucker Mary Purucker
Library consultant and former head librarian and library media teacher for the William S. Mortensen Library at Santa Monica High School, Mary Purucker has taught courses in children's literature and young adult literature at UCLA, CSULB, CSULA, and Pepperdine University. She was appointed to the Library of California Board in 1997.
1999 Dr. Virginia Walter Virginia Walter
In 1999, Virginia was a professor and chair at the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are: children's information needs and information resources, childhood and family literacy, the sociology of children's literature and childhood reading, evaluation of library services, citizen participation and voluntarism in public libraries. She also loves to write books for children and is the author of the novel, "Making Up Megaboy," and the picture book, "Hi, Pizza Man!"
1998 Robin Rector Krupp Robin Rector Krupp
Robin Rector Krupp is an artist and author. She has presented
frequently to schools and other groups.
1997 Marilyn Robertson Marilyn Robertson
Marilyn Robertson was a librarian for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
1996 Peter Neumeyer Peter Neumeyer
Peter F. Neumeyer, Ph.D., has taught at Harvard, Stony Brook, San Diego State, and other universities both in the United States and in Europe. He has written numerous books for grownups and children, and for six years had a children's book review column in The Boston Globe. His most recent books are The Collector of Moments and The Annotated Charlotte's Web (HarperCollins, 1994).
1995 Penny Markey Penny Markey
Penny Markey is the Retired Coordinator of Youth Services and Assistant Library Administrator at the County of Los Angeles County Public Library. Penny has been tireless in her efforts to bring library services and books to children, parents and caregivers. She instituted The Begin at the Beginning with Books Programs, in which bilingual library workers brought books and parenting information into the clinics where low-income women receive care during their pregnancy. This was the prototype for the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) sponsored “Born to Read” program which serves underserved children throughout the United States, encouraging reading and using the library at an early age. Penny is an Emeritus Board Member of the Children's Literature Council.
1994 Zhita Rea Zhita Rea
Zhita has a long and impressive list of accomplishments at boththe state and local levels on behalf of improving literacy and quality education in schools and libraries. "But even more impressive," says Judy Kantor who presented the award to Zhita, "are the feelings for Zhita expressed by those who wished to see her recognized. They described her as unassuming, and quick to give others credit, while being modest and her own leadership, professionalism, and hard work." Dr. Marilyn Robertson wrote, "Her advocacy on behalf of literacy, children, and libraries continues to make a profound difference to us all."
1993  

Sandy Schuckett
"I knew early on that there had to be a librarian in every school. . . I somehow knew instinctively that kids needed this. . .I drew on my own experiences in libraries (since age three), and I felt that if kids could experience the joy and fun learning that happens in libraries it would definitely be to their advantage. Retired LAUSD Librarian.

1992 Peggy Miller

Peggy Miller
In Dr. Marilyn Robertson's presentation of this award to Peggy, she said and was later quoted in The Sampler:"Peggy is a trailblazer - a leader - a one-woman network. She was instrumental in establishing libraries in the elementary schools in the LAUSD. She worked with the district staff to convert a space, get shelving put in, and purchase a core collection in school after school over an eighteen-year period. She was also instrumental in making sure that library media centers were included as part of the basic design of any new schools. Today, (1993), Los Angeles's over 400 elementary schools all have school library media centers.

1991 Barbara Karlin

Barbara Karlin
Children's book author and book reviewer for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, L.A. Parent and more. With James Marshall she wrote "Cinderella" but may be best known for her lengthy tenure as manager of children's books at Dutton's Book Store in Brentwood where she was a valued consultant to many area writers and parents. Barbara died in 1991.

1990  

Betty Takeuchi
A co-founder of the Southern California Project for the Year of the Young Reader. Betty is also the owner of the San Marino Toy and Book Co. and president of the Assn. of Booksellers for Children.

1989  

Betsy Brown
Betsy Brown, an artist and storyteller taught through the use of puppets. She taught puppetry in grade schools, at Cal State Northridge and at Los Angeles Valley College. She presented workshops on puppetry at UC and Cal State campuses and produced interactive puppet shows. In 1997 she received the annual Professional Artists in Schools Award. She was recognized by the Los Angeles Public Library and Mayors Tom Bradley and Richard Riordan for her artistic teaching. The Betsy Brown Puppetry Collection is housed at the UC Santa Barbara. Betsy died in 2001.

1988  

Terry Dunnahoo
Terry Dunnahoo is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Terry Dunnahoo include The United States Mint, How to Survive High School: A Student's Guide, Boston's Freedom Trail (Places in American History).

1987  

Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Johnson served as Children’s Director of the Fullerton library for 22 years and then spent 10 years as the library director. Now the Children’s Library in Fullerton bears her name. When she served as President of SCCLCYP in 1981, Carolyn Johnson wrote to the Secretary of Education, urging that the Department advocate adequate funding for libraries and professional librarians in the nation’s school districts. Carolyn died in 2014.

1986 Caroline Feller Bauer
Dr. Bauer is a teacher, librarian, storyteller, art editor, book reviewer, producer-instructor of her own educational television show, university professor­­ -- all related to her specialty: children and books. She is the author of seventeen books, including the recently published Read for the Fun of It, the resource book Celebrations: Read-Aloud Holiday and Theme Book Programs, the classic This Way to Books, and the well known Handbook for Storytellers. Caroline has served on the Board of Directors of the children’s division of the American Library Association and the Ersted Award for distinguished teaching. A dynamic instructor, she has presented in every one of the fifty states, across Canada and in over sixty-three other countries on five continents.
1985

Clifton Fadiman
Fadiman was a writer, critic, editor, and moderator of the top-10 radio hit "Information Please" from 1938 to 1952. "He took great pride in A World Treasury of Children's Literature, an anthology he compiled in 1985. He put together more than 20 other anthologies during his career and wrote introductions to about 65 classics, including War and Peace and Moby Dick .He died June 20, 1999,

1984  

Winifred Ragsdale
Winifred Ragsdale was active in many different professional realms.
She taught at USC, served as an acting children’s librarian for the
San Bernardino County Library and was branch and regional
librarian for the Los Angeles County Public Library. She consulted
for various cooperative library systems. Winifred was the Director of
the George G. Stone Center for Children’s book at Claremont
Graduate School. She also edited the Council’s publication The
Sampler.

1983 Michael Cart

Michael Cart
Former Director of the Beverly Hills Public Library, Michael Cart is now a full-time writer, lecturer and consultant. The author or editor of eleven books, he is a columnist for "Booklist" magazine, teaches at UCLA and Texas Woman's University, and is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Foundation Award for distinguished service to young people and reading. He is the Founding Editor of RUSH HOUR, a new literary journal for older young adults that will be published by Random House, beginning in April 2004.

1982  

Ruth and Edward Radlauer
The Radlauers coauthored informational books for reluctant readers that focus on topics like motorcycles, minibikes, horses and surfing.

1981  

Miriam Cox
Miriam Cox was an associate Professor of English specializing in children’s literature and mythology at California State College at Fullerton and a lecturer in English at UC Irvine. She was an author who published articles and poetry for children and adults. She believed that the greatest gift parents and teachers can give children is a love of good literature.

1980 Sue Alexander

Sue Alexander
The author of more than twenty well-received books for young readers, Sue Alexander enjoys putting librarians and teachers in contact with authors, illustrators and others involved with young people and books. Her wide array of friends throughout the publishing industry as well as her involvement in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - and her love of books and libraries -- provides the impetus to be a "matchmaker." The late John Donovan, in the introduction to the 1992 Children's Book Council volume "Children's Books: Awards and Prizes, refers to Sue as "…children's book promoter extraordinaire." Sue joined the Council the year her first book, "Small Plays for You and a Friend" was published, at the insistence of Dorothy C. McKenzie, and has been active in the organization ever since.

1979  

Nettie Frishman
Nettie Frishman served as the West Valley Regional Children’s Librarian for Los Angeles Public Library, and worked with LAPL for 33 years. She served on the Boards of the California Library Association and the American Library Association. She represented Los Angeles at the New York World’s Fair Library of the Future in 1966 and later served on the Newbery and Caldecott Committee. She was active in the Association of Jewish Librarians and was instrumental in renaming their award the Sydney Taylor Award. She also served as SCCLCYP’s The Sampler editor and introduced the feature “An Author Speaks” and the “Wet Print” column which lists recently published books by Southern California Authors and Illustrators.

1978  

Helen Fuller
Helen Fuller was a librarian for Long Beach Public Library.

 

1977  

Sylvia Ziskind
Sylvia was an associate professor of library science at Immaculate Heart College and USC. She has served as president of the Southern District of the California Library Association, and was a volunteer for Reading is Fundamental. Sylvia also wrote the book Telling Stories to Children.

1976 Helen Hinckley Jones

Helen Hinckley Jones
Helen Hinckley Jones is the author of many books including Over the Mormon Trail, and Rails of the West. She also taught writing classes at Pasadena City College and through the PCC Community Services program and was the general chairperson and impetus behind Writer’s Week, an event where authors gathered to share secrets of writing.

1975  

Edith Wynn Horton
Edith Wynn Horton and the dedicated and ongoing efforts of RIF (Reading is Fundamental). Their goal is to bring books into the lives of children who have never had books of their own before.

1973  

Betty Kalagian
Betty Kalagian worked hard to serve blind children through the anthology Expectations, published annually by the Braille Institute.

1972  

Lloyd Severe
Lloyd Severe was the manager of Brown’s Bookstore in Pasadena and served on the community advisory board to the Friends of the Flintridge Library. He also served on the Council’s board.

1971 Laramee Haynes

Laramee Haynes
A storyteller from San Marino, Laramee Haynes received this award for his outstanding community service in his storytelling. "Anyone who can talk can tell a story. But first he must be moved or touched by the story and feel an urge to communicate. The storyteller needs only to learn the hinges of the story. He can tell it in his own words pretty much, leaving his listeners to weave out of their own imaginations such details as they like." (Pasadena Union, November, 1971)

1970 Blanch Campbell Blanche Campbell
In 1961 at the organization's First Annual Awards Banquet honoring authors and illustrators of children's literature residing in Southern California, Blanche Campbell represented the California Booksellers organization and presented an award to author Scott O'Dell for his book, Island of the Blue Dolphins.
1969 Frances Clarke Sayers Frances Clarke Sayers
Frances Clarke Sayers began her career at NYPL where she worked from 1918 to 1923 under Anne Carroll Moore. After a brief stint in California at LAPL and University Elementary School she returned to New York and eventually served as the head of Children’s Services there from 1941 to 1952. She then returned to California and became a lecturer on children’s literature and librarianship at the School of Library Service and Department of English at UCLA. As noted in her obituary in 1989 Sayers “was known nationally for her efforts to improve the quality of children’s literature” and as Dorothy Anderson said her work “changed the consciousness of several generations of people involved in children’s literature.”
1967 Rosemary Livsey Rosemary Livsey
Rosemary Livsey was a librarian for the Los Angeles City Public Library and eventually became the Children’s Services coordinator in 1968. She spoke out on the importance of having children’s librarians, especially to reach preschoolers and their parents, the importance of reading to children in general, and the importance of libraries. In 1943 she also served on one of a number of committees put together by the national Office of Civilian Defense and sponsored by the southern district of CLA to discuss the role of the library in a postwar nation.
1966 Mary Rogers Smith Mary Rogers Smith
Mary Rogers Smith had a 45 year career as a librarian. She served as Los Angeles County Library coordinator of library services for children for 12 years, and before that worked as a children’s librarian for the New York Public Library. She also served as President of the Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People.
1964 Dorothy C. McKenzie

Dorothy C. McKenzie
One of the founders of the Council, Dorothy met with nine fellow faculty and staff members of the California State College at Los Angeles and with invited representatives of libraries, schools, booksellers, and the Los Angeles Times. Their purpose was to promote greater interest in literature for children and young people and to help in developing standards of excellence in the field. In this year (1964) the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award was given to its founder.

 

 

     

Los Angeles State College Times - December 7, 1964

"McKenzie Honored: Literature Award Goes to Lady 'Dynamo'"

"She is a human dynamo." That is the impression friends and associates have of Dorothy C. McKenzie, assistant professor of English at CSCLA. In addition to a heavy teaching schedule, especially classes in "Interpreting Children's Literature," Mrs. McKenzie can manage to review children's books for a newspaper, pioneer to education television, originate a council on children's literature, entertain authors and students at her home, and be friends and counselor to her students.

Ed Ainsworth of the Los Angeles Times put it this way, a year ago, at the 3rd annual awards banquet of the Southern California Council on Children's Literature:
"Every once in a while you meet somebody who reminds you of a Halley's comet for sparkle and energy and the ability to focus attention on a trajectory…In a such a category I'd have to place Dorothy C. McKenzie who in a couple of years, has sparked a notable literary addition to the Southern California scene…My nominee for the top award for getting it all started is Dorothy McKenzie."

Mrs. McKenzie did receive this top award, at this year's banquet, held in November. She received a standing ovation from the 700 persons present. How does Professor McKenzie accomplish all that she does with just the same length of day which the rest of us have? She replied to this question,
"I couldn't do it without such a wonderful family." The family is her husband, George, and a son, Roderick, who is earning a Ph.D in economic geography at UCLA.

During the recent banquet of the Council, George McKenzie gave a tribute to his wife, calling her, "That grand bold lady from Pasadena." Mrs. McKenzie remarked, "It's all right to call me that, as long as he doesn't forget the "b" in "bold."

Taking up our "bold lady's" achievements one at a time, let us first mention her specialty here at the college. The course in "Children's Literature," although not an easy one (required: to read 125 children's books and report on them, in addition to other reports), is a popular one. She has had four sections, filled to more than usual capacity, and waiting lists. Mrs. McKenzie says of this course,
"It is a course which is vitally important to all teachers, both elementary and secondary. I believe this type of course helps to develop critical sensitive readers - first the prospective teachers, then the children.

Book reviewing could be called professor McKenzie's first avocation. She has contributed her popular children's book reviews to the Pasadena Independent Star-News for several years.

Television should next be mentioned. Last year, another far-reaching community contribution was made by Mrs. McKenzie through her television program "Concourse - the Convergence of Youth, Books an Ideas."

The program brought to its viewers enlivening discussions about books and their place in today's world with guests representing many interests: notable authors, visiting scholars, authorities in various fields, and young readers, all contributing to a dynamic exchange of ideas.

And, finally, there is the great achievement of starting the Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People. This idea was born in a conversation between Mrs. McKenzie and William Lloyd, public relations director at CSCLA. Lloyd also commented on Mrs. McKenzie's great energy by saying, "She is a buzz saw."

The Council has a two-fold purpose: to promote greater interest in literature for children and young people and to help in developing standards of excellence in the production and selection of books in this field. The work of the Council is accomplished through the cooperative effort of its members who include authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, parents, librarians, editors, etc.

Kimmis Hendrick, West Coast representative of The Christian Science Monitor, in an article entitled "Bridges of Understanding," discussed both the Council and Dorothy McKenzie.
"Mrs. McKenzie said once that she could guarantee wonderful results for American foreign policy if the State Department would just fit her out with a jeep, give her a load of American children's books, and turn her loose in the world's jungles. At the same time she has pointed out how much could be done ---how much is needed to be done - in parts of Los Angeles where children, as a matter of course, suffer almost total mental malnutrition. The Council represents a commitment, really, to support the enrichment of youth."

We must not neglect mentioning that Mrs. McKenzie's classrooms are without limits. She invites students to her home to discuss books and meet authors, she loans books by the dozen, and she is not afraid of becoming involved in her students' personal problems. Professor McKenzie said, "Teaching is really involvement. The important thing is your concern with people. The subject matter is secondary." She is an ideal teacher, for she is concerned with helping her students, and those she advises, build quality and meaning in their lives. Her students, like her family and friends, find their lives enriched by her ability to communicate ideas, her passionate commitment to defend excellence and combat mediocrity, her compassion, and her abiding faith in books.

One of Mrs. McKenzie's favorite books is "Books, Children and Men," by the Frenchman Paul Hazard. She likes to quote this as her ideal:
"What has to be preserved are certain ideas…the idea that there must be in life at the same time, clarity, beauty, and gentleness; the idea that the truth is not in what is vague and obscure; the sentiment of individual liberty; the sentiment of justice; the sentiment of law, which tries to introduce an element of stability into the eternal flow of things…for each one of us to have in his heart an impregnable fortress - that is the way of our salvation.
"