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 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.












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  Awards - Myra Cohn Livingston   Award for Poetry

Myra Cohn Livingston

Myra Cohn Livingston (1926-1996) frequently repeated this line from a poem by Theodore Roethke, one of her favorite poets, and applied it to her writing and to her professional and personal life: "I learn by going where I have to go." In her long career (her first poem was published at the age of eighteen while still a college student) she touched children in creative writing classes, challenged emerging poets in college and workshop settings, and delighted avid poetry readers of all ages.

Myra was one of the authors who responded to the invitation by Dorothy C. McKenzie and a few of her close friends and colleagues in the spring of 1961 to found a society called The Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People, or, SCCLCYP, (now known as Children's Literature Council of Southern California). The new organization was created to promote greater interest in literature for children and young people and to help in developing standards of excellence in this field.

These goals were important to her as evidenced by a note in the 1965 newsletter, whose first editor was Clyde Robert Bulla, where he wrote that Myra would be appearing in a one-week symposium designed to acquaint educators and librarians with standards of excellence in poetry to be held at the University of California at Berkeley. From then on, Myra's name and photogenic image are scattered through the issues of The Sampler, as recipient of numerous awards and, in 1968 for "Comprehensive Contribution of Lasting Value in the Field of Literature for Children and Young People." But Myra was not a prima donna. She served on SCCLCYP committees, took her turns as award "presenter," and attended as many events as possible to cheer on and congratulate her fellow authors.

When Myra received Special Recognition for Excellence in a Poetry Quartet in 1989, author and friend Michael Cart said, "So various are her voices - poet, critic, anthologist, editor, teacher - and so widespread the range of her interests - that Myra, as multi-voiced singer, seems sometimes to rival even the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As editor and anthologist, for example, she has set the standard which all others must strive to emulate. As a critic, her hallmarks are both her unwavering belief that we must care enough to send only the very best in books to children...and her courage in challenging all those - no matter how popular, powerful, or fashionable - who dare to merchandise the meretricious."

"Poets, 'the stepchildren of children's literature,' are always surprised by recognition of their work," Myra noted in her acceptance speech. "Recognition in turn imposes a responsibility to live up to it. Talent is not enough," she declared, using the title words of her fellow luncheon speaker, Molly Hunter, "talent requires other people who extend the reach of the writer - notably teachers, leagues, past and present for being the voice, mind, and spirit of the organization, and concluded, "May there always be a SCCLCYP."

Through this award, we pay tribute and thank Myra Cohn Livingston for her talent and her work. May there always be talented, dedicated people like her to inspire all of us.




2017 Nikki Grimes Nikki Grimes

Garvey's Choice

(WordSong, 2016)
Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
2015 Joan Bransfield Grapham

Joan Bransfield Graham

The Poem That will Not End
(Two Lions, 2014)

The Poem That WIll Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham

Betsy R. Rosenthal

Looking for this Great Big Family
(Houghton Mifflin, 2012)

Looking for this Great Big Family by Betsy R. Rosenthal
2012 Lee Wardlaw

Lee Wardlaw

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
(Henry Holt, 2011)

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
2010 Hope Anita Smith Hope Anita Smith

Mother Poems

(Henry Holt, 2009)
Mother Poems by Hope Anita Smith
2009 Hope Anita Smith

Hope Anita Smith

Keeping the Night Watch
(Henry Holt, 2008)


Stephanie Hemphill

Your Own, Sylvia
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007)


Brown, Calef

Flamingos on the Roof 
(Houghton Mifflin, 2006)



Stephanie Hemphill

Things Left Unsaid
(Disney Press, 2005)

Things left Unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill
2005 Kristine O'Connell George

Kristine O'Connell George

Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems
Illustrated by Barry Moser
(Harcourt, 2004)

Hummingbird Nest by Kristine O'Connell George
2004 Hope Anita Smith Hope Anita Smith

The Way A Door Closes
(Henry Holt, 2003)
2003 April Halprin Wayland

Girl Coming In For A Landing
(Knopf 2002)

Kristine O'Connell George

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems
Illustrated by Kaye Kiesler
(Clarion, 2001)

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems
2000 Sonya Sones Sonya Sones

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

(Harper Collins, 2001)
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
1999 Kristine O'Connell George Kristine O'Connell George

Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems

Illustrated by Kaye Kiesler
(Houghton Mifflin, 1998)
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems