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
Alyson Beecher Althea Allarey

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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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
is a Senior Librarian of the Lamanda Park and San Rafael Branches of the Pasadena Public Library.  Prior to becoming a Senior Librarian she worked as a Youth Services Librarian.  Her professional interests include children’s literature, early literacy, and digital media for youth.
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.
Lynn Kysh

1st Vice President (FALL GALA)
Lynn Kysh - Clinical & Research Librarian
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.

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
the Senior Librarian in Children's Services 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. 
Anush Balayan

Anush Balayan, Children's Librarian
Anush Balayan is a Youth Services Librarian serving children and teens at the Monrovia Public Library. 

Caroline Gill

Caroline Gill, School Librarian
Caroline is a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian recently retired from 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 at the Hollywood Schoolhouse. 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.
Rachel Lizotte
Rachel Lizotte, Public Librarian
Rachel Lizotte is a Children's Librarian at the County of Los Angeles Public Library. 
Andrea Loney

Andrea J. Loney, Author
Andrea J. Loney is an award-winning author of children’s picture books. She earned her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University, and currently teaches computer classes at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Her works include TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VANDERZEE (Lee & Low Books 2017), BUNNYBEAR (Albert Whitman & Company 2017), and DOUBLE BASS BLUES (Random House Knopf 2019).

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.
Charmetria Marshall Charmetria Marshall, Public Librarian
Charmetria has 10 years of library experience. She is a Teen & Adult Services Librarian with the LA County Library and is a staunch advocate for equal access to information. She is passionate about reaching out to teens and making sure they know all the ways the library can improve their lives and help them become lifelong learners.
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.
Joanna Ward

Joanna Ward, Public Librarian
Joanna is a Children's Services Librarian for LA County Public Library. She has served as Membership Chair and on the Awards Committee.  



Christine Allen
Christine Allen, (Emeritus)
Christine is District Librarian for grades K-12 in Riverside, California.
Renny Day
Serenna Day, (Emeritus)
Serena retired from the Los Angeles Public Library and serves as Past President of FOCAL.
Roger Kelly
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.
Maxine Lucas, (Emeritus)
Maxine is a retired School Librarian. She has been a CLC member since 1991.
Penny Markey
Penny Markey, (Emeritus)
Retired Public Librarian, Advocate, Libraries and Literacy, Children and Families.
Lynne Mook
Lynne Mook, (Emeritus)
Retired Book Distributor - Mook and Blanchard



Sue Alexander

Sue Alexander, (Emeritus in Memorium)
Sue was a prolific author of children's books, including, Nadia the Willful, World Famous Muriel, Dear Phoebe, and Behold the Trees.

Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Johnson, (Emeritus in Memorium)
Carolyn was the director of the Fullerton Public Library after being a children's librarian for many years.

Peggy Miller

Peggy Miller, (Emeritus in Memorium)
Peggy was instrumental in establishing libraries in the elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. 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. 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 of Southern California - CLCSC - (formerly, SCCLCYP) and a founding member of FOCAL, the support group of the Children's Literature Department of the Los Angeles Public Library. She also served on numerous ALA Committees including the Newbery/Caldecott, Notable Books, Reluctant Readers, and Best Books for Young Adults.