Children's Literature Graduate Organization - CLGO



CLGO is an interdisciplinary UNC Charlotte graduate organization that encourages students to come together in a shared love for children's literature, regardless of concentration. Through monthly meetings, we provide opportunities for our members to learn about the field of children's literature, explore career options, prepare for conferences, and attend social events that surround our passion for the field.

Recently we've helped to organize events for Banned Books Week and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland's 150th Anniversary. We're also excited to begin partnering with Smart Start of Mecklenburg County to promote child and adolescent literacy. The CLGO is now preparing for our second spring Colloquium entitled "Difference, Other, and Activism: A Colloquium on Expressions of Identity in Children's and Young Adult Literature" to be held on February 19th, 2016. This interdisciplinary event welcomes all graduate students to submit their scholarly or creative original papers, readings, panels, and presentations on the subject of Identity Expression in Children's and Young Adult Literature.

We hope to continue volunteering both on campus and in the greater Charlotte community and to continue sponsoring fun informative events. The 2015-2016 year looks very promising, and we look forward to seeing all of you at upcoming events.


Meet Our Officers for 2016-2017:

Kelsey Helveston, President

Hello, everyone! I was born and raised in the Charlotte area, but received my BA in English from NC State University. While studying abroad in England my senior year, I realized how much I loved being in the college classroom and decided that I would continue my education at the graduate level. I am now pursuing my MA in English at UNC Charlotte with a concentration in Technical/Professional Writing, and intend on entering the corporate world after graduation. I am particularly interested in Children's, Young Adult, and Medieval British Literature, and write YA novels in my spare time. I am shamelessly addicted to Netflix and YA Fantasy novels, and may or may not have a large collection of dragon statues. Feel free to email me at if there's anything I can help you with!

Amanda Loeffert, Vice-President

Amanda Loeffert
Hi y’all! I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a double B.A. degree in Psychology and Religious Studies with a certificate in Children’s Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. After realizing that neither psychology nor winter were working for me, I migrated south to earn my M.A. in English with an emphasis on Children’s Literature. I am currently earning a certificate in Technical/Professional Writing. I like to fill my limited free time with with YA fantasy novels, Netflix binging, and taking shameless selfies of me and my cat. Please contact me at with questions, comments, and any good book recommendations. Cheers!


Nadia Clifton, Secretary

Hello, hello! I’m excited to be serving as Secretary for CLGO this year. I grew up in Charlotte, and earned my BA in English at UNC Charlotte. I love this school and the English department so much that I decided to stay for the MA in English with concentration in Literature. After I graduate in May, I plan on pursuing an MA in Library Science with the aspiration of becoming a librarian in a museum or academic library. In the meantime, however, I will be busy this year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Prospect for Success Program, and officer of two other student organizations on campus: President for the Early Modern Paleography society, and Vice President for the English Graduate Student Organization. My scholarly interests include Shakespeare studies and Early Modern recipe books, book history, and magical realist literature. When not busy with all that school entails, you’ll probably find me reading for fun or working in my garden. Feel free to contact me at with any questions, comments and concerns.

Sam Martin, Treasurer

Hello!  As an Army Brat I don’t really have a "hometown" but I spent most of my time in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio.  My first two years of undergrad I went to Fayetteville State University but then transferred to The Ohio State University to finish and receive my BA in English Literature and Language.  I took some time off to work full time at OSU, then I moved back to North Carolina to be with my family.  I am currently a second year Masters student with a focus on Children’s Literature, with an interest in Victorian Novels, YA Literature and Children’s Picture Books, Magical Realism, Comics/Manga, and Disability Literature.  I am also aiming for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  When I have any spare time, I’m usually with my husband watching and debating movies, playing with my two kids, reading, or playing Destiny.  Feel free to email me at with any questions and come join us for CLGO events!


Faculty Advisor: Prof. Paula Connolly



Constitution [PDF]



Resources for the Study of Children's Literature


Children's literature peer-reviewed publications:

Scholarship resources:

  • Rutgers Children's Literature LISTSERV — to subscribe, email
  • UNC Charlotte English Department LISTSERV — to subscribe, email with the subject line SUBSCRIBE ENGLGRAD first-name last-name

For a comprehensive list of children's literature resources, visit the Children's Literature Association website.