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
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.

 

 

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  Book Awards

Each year, the Council is pleased to present awards to Southern California authors and illustrators for outstanding books published in the previous year. The awards are presented and celebrated at the Fall Gala.

With the exception of three named awards, Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Children's Literature, and the Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature, the Award categories vary from year to year and are determined by the serving Awards Committee, which is comprised of Children's Literature Council members. The Committee considers all books written and/or illustrated by Southern California authors and illustrators and published in the year preceding the Award year.

The 2018 Awards Committee will convene in January 2018.  Submissions (books published in the year 2017) for award consideration may be sent directly to the Awards Chair.
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BOOK AWARD WINNERS 2011 - 2016
2017
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm

*Outstanding Work of Fiction

Jennifer L. Holm
Full of Beans
Random house Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

*Outstanding Picture Book

K.G. Campbell
Dylan the Villain
Viking Books for Young Readers, 2016.

Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Nikki Grimes
Garvey's Choice
WordSong, 2016.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nikola Yoon

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Nicola Yoon
The Sun is Also a Star
Delacorte Press, 2016



2016

*Outstanding Work of Fiction

Pam Munoz Ryan
Echo
Scholastic Press, 2015

Wait by Antoinette Portis

*Outstanding Picture Book

Antoinette Portis
Wait
Roaring Brook Press, 2015

 

*Excellence in Illustration

Vincent Kirsch
Gingerbread for Liberty!
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Stevenson, Noelle
Nimona
Harperteen, 2015




2015

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

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


*Notable Work of Non-Fiction

Rubin, Susan Goldman
Freedom Summer
Holiday House, 2014

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Graham, Joan Bransfield
The Poem that Will Not End
Two Lions, 2014

Found by Salina Yoon

*Excellence in a Picture Book

Yoon, Salina
Found
Walker Children's, 2014

 

 

2014

*Best Narrative Voice in a Picture Book

Drew Daywalt
The Day the Crayons Quit
Penguin Group USA, 2013.

*Most Distinguished Juvenile Non-Fiction Book

Kadir Nelson
Nelson Mandela
HarperCollins, 2013.

*Excellence in Picture Book Illustration

Dan Santat
Carnivores written by Aaron Reynolds. Chronicle Books, 2013.
Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger. Little, Brown, Co., 2013.
Picture Day Perfection written by Deborah Diesen. Harry N. Abrams, 2013.
Because I'm Your Dad written by Ahmet Zappa. Disney Press, 2013.

*Excellence in Juvenile Fiction

Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s.
Penguin Group USA, 2013.

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Smith, Andrew
Winger.
Simon & Schuster, 2013.

 

 

2013
Cardboard by Doug TenNaple

*Groundbreaking Graphic Novel

Doug TenNapel
Cardboard. Graphix, 2012.


 

Extra Yarn by Max Barnett

*Excellence in Picture Book Artistry

Jon Klassen
Extra Yarn. 
Balzer and Bray, 2012.



*Excellence in Picture Book Artistry

Jon Klassen
House Held Up by Trees.
 
Candlewick Press, 2012.

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

*Excellence in Picture Book Artistry
Jon Klassen
This is Not My Hat.
 
Candlewick Press, 2012.

King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke

*Inspiring Work of Historical Fiction

Wes Tooke
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Carrie Arcos
Out of Reach
Simon Pulse, 2012.
*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Betsy R. Rosenthal
Looking for Me
Henry Holt and Co., 2011.

 

 

 
2012
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

*Outstanding Picture Book

Jon Klassen
I Want My Hat Back.  
Candlewick Press, 2011.

* Inspiring Work of Non-Fiction

Kadir Nelson
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. 
Harper Collins, 2011.
* Inspiring Work of Non-Fiction

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

*Distinguished Work of Historical Fiction

Eugene Yelchin 
Breaking Stalin's Nose
Henry Holt & Co., 2011.
*Distinguished Work of Historical Fiction

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Holly Goldberg Sloan
I'll Be There
Little, Brown, &
Co., 2011.
*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Lee Wardlaw
Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Henry Holt and Co., 2011.

 

 

 
2011
A Bald Eagle's World by Caroline Arnold

*Best Written and Illustrated Suite of Non-Fiction for Children*Outstanding Picture Book

Caroline Arnold
A Bald Eagle's World
A Moose's World
A Polar Bear's World
A Walrus' World

(Caroline Arnold's Animals), written and illustrated by Caroline Arnold. Picture Window Press, 2010.

Grandma's Gloves by Cecil Castellucci

*Best Narrative Voice in a Picture Book

Cecil Castellucci
Grandma's Gloves 
Written by Cecil Castellucci.
Illustrated by Julia Denos.
(Candlewick Press, 2010)

Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan

*Distinguished Lyrical Fictionalized Biography

Pam Munoz Ryan 
The Dreamer 
Illustrated by Peter Sis.
Scholastic Press, 2010.

*Distinguished Work of Historical Fiction

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Neal Shusterman
Bruiser  
Harper Teen, 2010

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

 

 

 
2010


*Best Biography Duo

Kathleen Krull
Albert Einstein.  
Illustrated by Boris Kulikov.  Viking, 2009.

 

 

 

The Boy Who Invented TV.  
Illustrated by Greg Couch.  Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009.

*Most Magnificently Illustrated Picture Book

Marla Frazee
All the World.  
Written by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon.
 Beach Lane Books, 2009.

*Distinguished Work of Fiction

Andrew Smith 
In the Path of Falling Objects.  
Feiwel & Friends, 2009.

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Mary E. Pearson –
The Miles Between   
Henry Holt and Co., 2009.

 

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Hope Anita Smith
Mother Poems   
Henry Holt and Co., 2009.

 


2009
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

*Distinguished Work of Fiction


Mary E. Pearson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox  
Henry Holt and Co., 2008.

Kiss My Math by Danica Keller

*Excellent Work of Nonfiction.

McKellar, Danica. 
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss
Hudson Street Press, 2008.


Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed

*Outstanding Picture Book

Breathed, Berkeley. Pete & Pickles
Philomel Books, 2008.


My Most Excellent Year:  A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park
Dial Books, 2008.
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Keeping the Night Warch by Hope Anita Smith

 

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Smith, Hope Anita. Keeping the Night Watch
Henry Holt and Comopany, 2008.


 

IN PROCESS:

2008
 

*Inspiring Work of Nonfiction

Woelfle, Gretchen. Jeanette Rankin: Political Pioneer
Boyds Mills/Calkin Creek, 2007



 

*Groundbreaking Work of Fiction

Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Scholastic, 2007



 

*Excellence in Illustration

Bhushan, Rahul.  Taj Mahal
Text by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora
Carolrhoda Books, 2007


 

*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature

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

 

 

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Hemphill, Stephanie.  Your Own, Sylvia
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007


 

 

 
 

Brown, Calef.  Flamingos on the Roof.  
Houghton Mifflin, 2006
*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry




 

Mannis, Celeste Davidson. Snapshots: The Wonders of Monterey Bay
Viking Press, 2006.

*Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction


 


*Excellence in Illustration

Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator) Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.
Jump at the Sun, 2006.


 

Reinhardt, Dana.  A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life
Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Imprint, 2006.
*Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature


 

 

*Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry

Hemphill, Stephanie.  Your Own, Sylvia
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007


 

 

Shusterman, Neal. Everlost.
Simon and Schuster, 2006.
*Fantastic Work of Fiction

   
  Awards 1960 - 2006 Coming Soon