2016 CLCSC Awards

Outstanding Work of Fiction
Pam Munoz Ryan Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Pam Munoz Ryan - Echo
Scholastic Press,,2015.
Outstanding Picture Book
Antoinette Portis Wait by Antoinette  Portis
Antoinette Portis - Wait
Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
Excellence in Illustration
Vincent X. Kirsch Gingerbread for Liberty! by Vincent X. Kirsch
Vincent X. Kirsch - Gingerbread for Liberty! Written by Mara Rockliff.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature
Noelle Stevnson Nimona by Nicole Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson - Nimona
Harperteen, 2015.
Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Children's Literature
Marjorie Arnett Charlotte Huck Festival

Marjorie Arnett
Marjorie has been an educator for over 40 years in schools and universities in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and California. Marjorie is one of the three people who helped Charlotte Huck begin the Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival held annually at the University of Redlands since 1997.



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.



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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2016 Fall Gala and CLCSC Awards Ceremony

Sharon M. Draper

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Keynote Speaker:
Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper is an educator and writer. She is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award. She is also a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of My Mind staying on the list for almost two years. She has authored over 25 books for children, young adults, and educators. Her newest book, Stella by Starlight, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers' Weekly.

She was selected as Ohio’s Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year, and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. In 2015 she was honored by the American Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. For further information, please see her website:

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper November Blues by Sharon M. Draper Just Another Hero by Sharon M. Draper
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper Panic by Sharon M. Draper
Sassy series by Sharon M. Draper Clubhouse Msyteries by Sharon M. Draper Not Quite Burned Out by Sharon M. Draper Teaching from the Heart by Sharon M. Draper Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Sharon M. Draper

The 2016 Fall Gala brings together children's book authors and illustrators with public and school librarians, teachers, and others interested in children's literature. It will feature a brunch and keynote address by Sharon M. Draper followed by an awards ceremony to honor the following authors, illustrators, and contributors of excellence to the field of children's literature in Southern California.


This event will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016
Luminarias Restaurant
Posada Ballroom
3500 Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Registration Information

CLCSC Member
Student Registration $40.00
New Membership plus
Gala Registration
Renew Membership plus
Gala Registration

Registration Deadline: September 27, 2016

To Register:

Mail-In Registration

Online Registration


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