Children's Literature Graduate Organization - CLGO

Children's Literature Graduate Organization

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.

The CLGO has partnered with the English Graduate Student Association to hold a joint graduate student conference on January 31, 2019.

We hope to continue volunteering both on campus and in the greater Charlotte community and to continue sponsoring fun informative events. The 2019-2020 year looks very promising, and we look forward to seeing all of you at upcoming events.


Meet Our Officers for 2018-2019:

Shannon Murphy, President

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon and I will be serving as your CLGO president. I’m from the great state of Wisconsin, but North Carolina has quickly become my second home. I am a second-year Graduate Assistant pursuing my Master’s in English with an emphasis in children’s literature. I hope to teach children’s literature at the collegiate level someday!  When I am not talking about books, I can be found drinking coffee, cycling, and looking at pictures of dogs. I am looking forward to getting to know you all, and feel free to reach out to me at or stop by my office in Fretwell 290M to say hi!

Samantha Holt, Vice President

Salvete! My name is Cassie Grosh, and I'm co-vice president of CLGO this year! I'm originally from Indiana, so this is my second year in both Charlotte and the English MA program. My concentration is children's literature, but I am particularly interested in young adult literature. I've recently started a job as a K-6 Latin teacher, so a lot of my free time is spent convincing my two cats not to lay on my lesson plans/laptop. Please reach out to me at if you have any questions, are looking for a friend, or just want to grab some tea! 

Jordan Costanza, Treasurer

Hello, my name is Jordan Costanza and I'll be the CLGO treasurer for the 2019-2020 academic year! I am a second-year master's student and a Graduate Assistant in the English Department. My primary research interest is nineteenth-century American literature, with a focus on the gothic genre. I am currently teaching a course on Gothic and Southern Gothic literature here at UNC Charlotte. If you'd like to contact me, my email is Hope everyone has a wonderful year!

Makayla Moore, Secretary

Hi everyone! My name is Makayla and I will be your CLGO secretary this year. I am a first-year graduate student and I am pursuing my Master’s in English with a focus in children’s literature. I graduated from UNC Charlotte last spring with my B.A. in English focusing on literature and culture. Some of my interests include hanging out at coffee shops, wineries, and vintage bookstores. My favorite genre to read besides children’s literature is southern literature (I am a huge fan of Dorothy Allison!) My goal is to one day earn my Ph.D. and be a writer. I can be reached at

Danny , Co-president

Danny Anderson, Library Liaison/Acting Senator

Hello, my name is Danny Anderson and I am the Library Liaison for CLGO.  I am currently studying children’s literature for my Master’s degree. I work for the Charlotte Library system and I am looking forward to creating a fun and interesting partnership between CLGO and the local libraries. I am interested in Horror literature and how that genre is represented in children’s literature. If you have any questions about CLGO or the libraries in Charlotte, please feel free to reach out to me at


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.