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Resources that support the teaching, learning and scholarship of children's and young adult literature.
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CLIC is located in Wilson side of the library on 4-East


Special Collections

Awards in Children's Literature


Western Washington Children's Literature Conference

Conference date: Saturday, March 1, 2014

Conference location:  WWU Performing Arts Center

Featured Speakers:

Nic Bishop – author and photographer of nature book for children; recipient of 2011 ALA Sibert Medal for Nonfiction for Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Largest Parrot, 2008 Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor for Nonfiction for Spiders, 2007 Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor for Nonfiction for Quest for the Tree Kangaroo

Jennifer Holm – author of Babymouse series of graphic-novel series, recipient of 2011 Newbery Honor for Turtle in Paradise, 2007 Newbery Honor for Penny from Heaven, 2000 Newbery Honor for Our Only May Amelia

 Steve Sheinkin – former textbook writer, current nonfiction author and recipient of the 2013 Sibert Award for Nonfiction, the 2013 Newbery Honor, 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and 2013 National Book Award finalist for Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

 Laura Vaccaro Seeger – author/illustrator, recipient of 2013 Caldecott Honor for Green, 2008 Caldecott Honor and 2008 Geisel Award for First the Egg, and author/illustrator of the Dog and Bear series for beginning readers


About CLIC

Children and young adult books spark the imagination, provide insight into cultural values, inspire artistic design and explore the literatures of prose, poetry and wordplay. The children and young adult literature collections in the Western Libraries are rich in historical and contemporary materials. Distinct from a public library or school library, our collection contains a wide range of publications that reflect the breadth, depth, controversy, continuing evolution and complexity of literature written for children and young adults.

Location: The Children's Literature Interdisciplinary Collection, or CLIC as we fondly refer to this collection, is located on the Wilson side of the library on 4th floor East. CLIC has two main sections - Picture Books: A-Z and Children’s Literature: A-Z.

Controversial Materials in CLIC

The materials in this research collection represent points of view, ideas, images and opinions across a wide range of age, race, religion, national origin, social status and political viewpoints. Through the retention and inclusion of controversial texts and illustrations, the collection provides an opportunity for the examination of historical and current trends in children’s literature.

The primary role of an academic children’s literature collection is distinct from public and school libraries. Due to this scholarly use and purpose, we retain and purchase materials on subjects that might not be included in public or school library collections such as holocaust denial, gender bias, and racial stereotyping. The Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection supports students and faculty from a variety of disciplines including Communication, Art, Education, English, Theatre Arts, and History and these literatures and illustrations are made available for evidential exploration, study and revelation.

Knowledge of the breadth and depth of children’s literature can raise awareness regarding the visionary, insightful, and ground breaking works that are housed alongside dated and offensive items. There is no question that silencing, marginalization, and disrespect are real experiences. Historical and contemporary context is essential to the appreciation and celebration of children’s literature authors and illustrators who reach beyond their place and time to offer children and young people a larger universe.


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    Office: Wilson Library 272
    Phone: 360.650.7992
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