Children’s Literature for Children, Inc., is a non-profit, internationally recognized leader in education that uses children’s literature as the gateway for improving children’s lives. Our mission is to bring excellent literature into the hands of students in schools, libraries, and hospitals around the globe.
Kemie Nix, CLC founder, began teaching literature to children four decades ago. Her programs quickly gained momentum and expanded from Westminster to inner-city Atlanta schools. Kemie soon learned that in order to teach literature, more appealing books were needed in the schools. Kemie and many volunteers began collecting books, and the Reader-to-Reader program was born. Charity Mwangi, head mistress of Mt. Kenya Academy, then asked Kemie to bring the program and books to Kenya. Since its founding, CLC has placed more than two million books in hospitals and schools around the globe.
Ashley Bryan is the beloved author and illustrator of over 40 children’s books and was the first African American to write and illustrate a children’s book. His illustrious career includes Coretta Scott King awards and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. Ashley has served on the CLC Advisory Board since its inception and has been instrumental in CLC initiatives both here and abroad.
Debbie Green joined CLC as the Executive Director in 2005. Debbie is responsible for the administrative side of CLC and loves participating in the many programs.
Board of Trustees
Margaret Perry Daniel
Melba Wynn Hill
Sara Williams McDaniel
Judy Grimes, Trustee Emeritus
Debbie Green, Ex Officio
Therese Bigelow, Librarian
Henry Bowden, Jr., Attorney
Ashley Bryan, Author, Illustrator
Jennell Charles, Pediatric Nursing Professor
Susan Cooper, Author
Christopher Paul Curtis, Author
Diane Dillon, Author and Illustrator
Betsy Duffey, Author
Diana Green, Founder, Parents’ Choice
Charity Mwangi, Founder, Mt. Kenya Academy, Africa
Osayimwense Osa, Professor, Virginia State University
Katherine Paterson, Author
Louis Sachar, Author
Abi Joy Nix, Psychotherapist
Suzanne Fisher Staples, Author
Yoko Watkins, Author
Randolph Whitfield, Jr., Ophthalmologist, Africa