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2015 Fall Gala

Was held Saturday, October 10, 2015
at the Skirball Cultural Center in West Los Angeles

Kaynote Speaker David Wiesner and 2015 Award Winners

From left to right: Salina Yoon, Susan Goldman Rubin, Keynote Speaker David Wiesner, Joan Bransfield Graham, Isabel Quintero, and Maureen Palacios


2015 CLCSC Award Winners:


Salina Yoon

Excellence in a Picture Book

Salina Yoon


Found by Salina Yoon

Susan Goldman Rubin

Notable Work of Non-fiction

Susan Goldman Rubin

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

Joan Bransfield Graham


Myra Cohen Livingston Award

Joan Bransfield Graham

The Poem that Will Not End

Isabel Quintero

Peggy Miller Award

Isabel Quintero

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Maureen Palaciios

Dorothy C McKenzie Award

Maureen Palacios

Owner of
"Once Upon A Time" Bookstore 

Once Upon a Time Bookstore



2015 Spring Workshop
was held May 2 at South Pasadena Middle School and featured:

We Need Diverse Books

"We Need Diverse Books" is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. "We Need Diverse Books" is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. For more information:


Keynote Speakers:
Stacey Lee Stacey Lee
Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys.  She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul.  A native of southern
California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall.  After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain.  She plays classical piano, wrangles children, and writes YA fiction. Her debut book
Sons, 3/17/15) received a starred review from both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, which called it “A vivid, nontraditional western…with plenty of twists.”

Visit Stacey at


Lisa Yee

Lisa Yee
In 2004, Lisa Yee’s debut novel, MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, won the first Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Since then, she has written ten more novels including STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME, ABSOLUTELY MAYBE, and BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY), plus books for American Girl. Lisa’s most recent novel is for teens-- THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL...OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS. Accolades include Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence, Fox Sports Network “American in Focus,” Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and USA Today Critics’ Top Pick. Plus, Washington Post Book of the Week, Sports Illustrated Kid’s Hot Summer Read, and NPR Best Book of Summer.

Visit Lisa at or catch her procrastinating on Facebook.


Lissa Price

Lissa Price
Lissa Price's debut novel, STARTERS, is an international bestseller published in over thirty countries, with high praise from Harlan Ellison, Kami Garcia, and the L.A. Times. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller, "a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story. STARTERS appeared on many best of lists and won top awards in the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, and France. The sequel, ENDERS, also a bestseller, was called "delightfully disturbing" by Kirkus. Set in a future L.A., the series asks the question, Would you rent your body to a senior citizen so they could be young again temporarily?  Lissa has lived in Japan, India, and Hawaii and once spent two years traveling completely around the globe. Her home is now in Southern California with coyote and the occasional deer.

You can visit her at




Illustrators' Panel
Dan Santat

Dan Santat
Dan Santat is the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets. Dan recently won the 2015 Caldecott Award Medal for The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend.

Joe Cepeda

Joe Cepeda
Joe Cepeda received his BFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University.  He is the illustrator of award-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World (Scholastic), Nappy Hair (Knopf), Mice and Beans (Scholastic) including The Swing (Arthur A. Levine Books), which he wrote as well as illustrated.  Mr. Cepeda has illustrated books written by numerous notable authors including Gary Soto, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Arnold Adoff, Monica Brown, Julius Lester and Toni Morrison.  He has also illustrated book jackets for many titles, including Esperanza Rising.  He was selected to illustrate the cover of Shaquille O’Neal and Reading is Fundamental’s Biggest Book in the World.  Mr. Cepeda received an ALA 2002 Pura Belpre’ Honor Award and the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from the George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books.  His work has been accepted to the Society of Illustrators shows in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to his illustrative work, Mr. Cepeda is sought after as a public speaker to schools and other groups. He is the current president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.  He lives in Southern California with his wife and son.


Rodolfo Montalvo Rodolfo Montalvo
As a kid, Rodolfo Montalvo loved comics, action figures, animation, film, and also had a great passion for drawing. Today, he is an emerging children’s book illustrator who has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles on two occasions. In 2013, he was awarded the Mentee Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators during their international summer conference.

Since the start of his career he has worked on numerous children’s book projects, both for digital and print media. His first published illustration works were for the middle grade novel entitled THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL and its sequel, THE AMAZING WILMER DOOLEY. He is currently finishing work on his first picture book entitled, DEAR DRAGON, written by Josh Funk, which will be published by Viking Children’s books in 2016.

Both Rodolfo and his wife, who is also his writing partner, are represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary.

Visit Rudolfo at:





Writers' Panel
Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon
NICOLA YOON grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and their daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is her first novel.

Visit her online at

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz
Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, while studying film at San Diego State University. She is also the author of REBELLION and the upcoming EVOLUTION. When she isn't lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fangirling over TV shows.

Visit her online at
or on Twitter: @StephanieEDia

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert
Brandy Colbert was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, and has worked as an editor for several national magazines. Her debut novel, POINTE, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, the Chicago Public Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Visit Brandy at:








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.