Center for the Study of Children's Literature

About the Center

In 1977, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Simmons opened the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL). Today, the CSCL continues its mission to support and advance the study of children’s and young adult literature through nationally recognized programs and partnerships. In addition to its Summer Institute in Children’s Literature, the CSCL hosts the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and “The Horn Book at Simmons” colloquium that examines the winners and honor books in the contexts of publishing, education, library services, and popular culture. Recently, the CSCL hosted a Children’s Book Council seminar for publishers on socioeconomic class in young adult and children’s literature and became a founding member of Children’s Books Boston, an organization dedicated to fostering interaction and discussion among the greater Boston children’s book community. In 2014 and 2015, the CSCL holds the P.E.N. New England- Susan Bloom Discovery Award presentation to rising authors in children’s and young adult literature.

Children's Literature Summer Institute

Summer 2017 Institute: (im)possible dreams
July 28-30, 2017

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A hallmark of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature is the Summer Institute held every other year. The intensive long weekend program offers students an opportunity to meet with authors, illustrators, editors, and others committed to the study of children's literature. This year's institute features M. T. Anderson, Jeannine Atkins, Callie Crossley, Ekua Holmes, Don Tate, Raul Gonzalez, Melissa Sweet, Christine Heppermann, Julie Berry, and Malinda Lo. Coretta Scott King Award Winner Andrea Davis Pinkney will offer the Sweetser Lecture.

Visit our Summer Institute page to learn more about the Institute. You can also sign up for the email list to receive information; send your preferred email address to

Past Institutes

The following is a list of past institutes held by Simmons College:

  • 2015: Homecoming
  • 2013: Love Letters
  • 2011: The Body Electric
  • 2009: Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • 2007: Food, Glorious Food
  • 2005: Let's Dance: Performative Aspects of Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • 2003: Midnight Gardens: Themes of Good and Evil in the Garden of Children's Literature
  • 2001: Brave New Worlds: Looking Towards the Future
  • 1999: Halos & Hooligans: Images of the Child at the Turn of the 21st Century
  • 1997: As Time Goes By: the Many Ways Time is Constructed, Interpreted, and Revisioned in Literature and Life
  • 1995: A Room of One's Own: Actual and Metaphorical Constructs of Creativity, Space, and Identity

Enrollment in the institute is on a non-credit basis.

About the Programs

Find out more about our graduate programs in Children's Literature: