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.












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 - Peggy Miller Award for   Young Adult Literature

Each year, at the Fall Gala, the Council is pleased to present awards to Southern California authors, illustrators, poets, or contributors of excellence to the field of Children's Literature. This award was created by the Council in 2007 to honor the memory of Peggy Miller, a high school librarian and member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Literature Council. It is given periodically in recognition of an outstanding book whose target audience is young adults.

Peggy Miller

Peggy Miller (d. 2006)

The Children's Literature Council established the Peggy Miller Young Adult Award to acknowledge her support and contributions to the review of the Young Adult genre.  It was first awarded in 2007.

In 1992, Dr. Marilyn Robertson presented the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award to Peggy Miller. At that time, Dr. Robertson said, "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.

"Peggy was Supervisor of library Services when the district authorized the use of federal funds to hire over ninety elementary teacher/librarians to provide a library instructional program in inner-city schools. She develped an evaluation process for books that involved librarians and teachers in schools. She became a mentor to others. She and her staff got a tremendous amount of information out to schools for ordering purposes - and all this before the advent of computers.

"Peggy also taught Children's Literature classes at USC for 16 years in addition to editing the Booklist for Elementary School Library media Centers, a core collection published and distributed state-wide. She was president of CASL during the time when this state school library organization and the state school media organization, CAEMAT, laid the groundwork for their merger into CMLEA. Peggy also served on the first California Young Reader medal Committee, helping to develop guidelines for our own state book award, the winners of which are decided by votes from children. She was one of the pioneering members of the Children's Literature Council (formerly, SCCLCYP) and a founding member of FOCAL, the support group of the Children's Literature Department of the Los Angeles Public Library.

"Peggy has served as president of SCCLCYP, FOCAL, LASLA, CASL (CMLEA) and has served on numerous ALA Committees including the Newbery/Caldecott, Notable Books, Reluctant Readers, and Best Books for Young Adults."

When accepting the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award, Peggy Miller said that she "believes that a librarian is a catalyst who brings book and child together."





2017 Nicola Yoon Nicola Yoon
The Sun is Also a Star
(Delacourt Press, 2016)
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
2016 Noelle Stevenson Noelle Stevenson
(Harper Teen, 2015)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
2015 Isabel

Isabel Quintero
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
(Cinco Puntos Press, 2014)

2014 Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
(Simon & Schuster, 2013)

Simon & Schuster, 2013

Winger by Andrew Smith
2013 Carrie Arcos Carrie Arcos
Out of Reach
(Simon & Schuster, 2012)
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos
2012 Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan
I'll Be There
(Little, Brown, & Co., 2011)

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
2011 Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman
(Harper Teen, 2010)


Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
2010 Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson
The Miles Between
(Henry Holt, 2009)



The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
2009 Steve Kluger

Steve Kluger
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park
(Dial Books, 2008)

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
2008 James St. James

James St. James
Freak Show
(Dutton Children's, 2007)

Freak Show by James St. James
2007 Dana Reinhardt

Dana Reinhardt
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life
(Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Imprint, 2006)



A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt