Center for the Study of Children's Literature

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 (CBB), an organization dedicated to fostering interaction and discussion among the greater Boston children's book community. Each year, the CSCL hosts the P.E.N. New England- Susan Bloom Discovery Award presentation to rising authors in children's and young adult literature.

Children's Literature Programs at Simmons

Upcoming Events

October 13, 2018

Boston Book Festival with the following Simmons sponsorships:

  • Children's Keynote Lecture with Kate DiCamillo
  • Young Adult Keynote with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
  • Author interviews and panel facilitation by Simmons Faculty

October 13, 2018

Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors, Lincoln School, Providence, RI. With Jerry Pinkney, Kevin Henkes, and Kazu Kabushi

June & July 2019

Art exhibit in Trustman Art Gallery tied to the 2019 Summer Institute

July 25-28, 2019

"Make Way", the 2019 Summer Institute in Children's Literature

Throughout the year:

The Center's "Book Nook" displays approximately 5,000 newly published titles for children and young adults; titles available for review and perusal. Center memberships include ALA, ILA, NCTE, USBBY and IBBY. Contact for more information.

The CSCL Professional Collection is open for use. Email with requests.

The CSCL oversees the Children's Books Boston mailing list. Contact to be added to the mailing list.

The CSCL oversees submissions and staffs the selection committee for the P.E.N. New England Discovery Award. Contact for more information.