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Save the Date!
Saturday, May 2, 2015
2015 Spring Workshop

CLCSC Welcomes:

We Need Diverse Books

Join us for a morning of featured speakers, writer and illustrator panels, and WNDB team members addressing the importance of diversity in children's and young adult literature.

"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: http://weneeddiversebooks.org

 

 

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
UNDER A PAINTED SKY (G.P. Putnam's
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 www.staceyhlee.com

 

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 www.lisayee.com 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 www.LissaPrice.com


 

 

 

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: http://www.rodolfomontalvo.com/

 

 

 

 

Writers' Panel
Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler, Moderator
Aaron is a writer and actor who is the author of nearly 9,000 tweets, and the YA memoir, RAPTURE PRACTICE. The book tells the true story about how he got kicked out of his Christian high school in Kansas City, Missouri, two weeks before graduation and was named a "Best Book of 2013" by Amazon, and Kirkus. The New York Times called it "...effervescent and moving, evocative and tender." It was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and chosen for several ALA "best of" lists. Aaron's first novel, WHAT WE SAW will be published by HarperTeen in September.

Visit Aaron at aaronhartzler.com

 

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.



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 www.stephaniediazbooks.com
or on Twitter: @StephanieEDia

Lissa Price

Lissa Price
Lissa Price's debut novel, STARTERS, is an international bestseller published in over thirty countries, whith 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.

Visit her at: www.LissaPrice.com



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: https://brandycolbert.wordpress.com/

 

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Registration 9:30-10:00 a.m.

South Pasadena Middle School Library
1500 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030


$50 for Members and $60 for Non-members

To Register Online:
CLICK HERE

Registration Deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015

Scholarship Available for Library School students:
CLICK HERE

 

 

 


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

Carnivores
written by Aaron Reynolds
Chronicle Books, 2013
Crankenstein
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

Winger
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.

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.

See PAST FALL GALAS

 

SPRING WORKSHOP
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.

See PAST SPRING WORKSHOPS

 

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