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2014 Fall Gala

was held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Bryan Collier

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope  by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Bryan Collier
John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon written by Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Bryan Collier
I, Too, Am American by Langston Huges.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier.
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington illustrated by Bryan Collier
Welcome Precious by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Your Moon, My Moon. Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Freedom River. Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Bryan Collier

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011


Bryan Collier has written and illustrated numerous books for children. He has received numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, for Uptown, Martin's Big Words, Dave the Potter, and I, Too, Am America. He has also received the 2002 Caldecott Honor Award for Martin's Big Words.

The Fall Gala will also feature the presentation of the 2014 Children's Literature Council Awards for Authors and Illustrators of Southern California.




Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill.  Iillustrated by Bryan Collier
Knock Knock. Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Uptown written and illustrated by Bryan Collier
These Hands. Illustrated by Bryan Collier
12 Rounds to Glory. Written by Charles R. Smith Jr.  Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Congratulations to the following
2014 CLC Award Winners
Awards were presented at the Fall Gala


Holly Goldberg Sloan

"Excellence in Juvenile Fiction"

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s
Penguin Group USA, 2013

Counting by 7s




Dan Santant

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Dan Santat

"Excellence in Picture Book Illustration"

Dan Santat

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

Crankenstein written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat

Picture Day Perfection written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Santat

Because I'm Your Dad written by Ahmet Zappa and illustrated by Dan Santat



Drew Daywalt

"Best Narrative Voice in a Picture Book"

Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Quit
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Penguin Group USA, 2013



Kadir Nelson

"Most Distinguished Juvenile Non-Fiction Book"

Kadir Nelson

Nelson Mandela
HarperCollins, 2013



Andrew Smith

"The Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature"

Andrew Smith

Simon & Schuster, 2013



Claudette S. McLinn

"Dorothy C. McKenzie Award"

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.




The Children's Literature Council currently produces two annual events: the Spring Workshop and the Fall Gala.

The annual Fall Gala features a reception honoring Southern California authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults as well as a distinguished speaker. The Council also presents AWARDS at the Fall Gala to Southern California authors and illustrators in categories that reflect the most outstanding books published in the previous year. The Council may also present
the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for a distinguished contribution in the field of children's literature and the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry.



The Spring Workshop provides practical information to those who work directly with young people and literature. The Workshop is usually held in March or April.