The Mission of the Jody Thurston Northwest Center for Children’s Literature (NWCCL) is to inspire a love of children’s literature.
The Jody Thurston Northwest Center for Children’s Literature is the brainchild of a group of children’s literature educators, authors, illustrators, book dealers, and enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest who came together in Portland in the spring of 2003. The initial leadership included Kathy Dunbar, Barbara Swanson-Sanders, and Peggy Sharp. The NWCCL held its grand opening in October of 2004. The Center is named in honor of Jody Thurston and pays tribute to her work with and love of children as a teacher at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool in Beaverton, Ore.