Messner to recieve Empire State Award for Excellence

Kate Messner (Photo provided)

The Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association recently announced that the winner of the 2022 Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People is local author Kate Messner.

Messner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 4, during the association’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs.

Messner is well respected in the youth literature world and has a keen understanding of how to write for her intended audience. Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for writers and educators and visits schools all over the world to talk to students about books, writing and the power of curiosity. Her most recent works include “Over and Under the Canyon,” a picture book biography about Dr. Anthony Fauci, and several titles in the History Smashers nonfiction series.

First presented to Maurice Sendak in 1990, the Empire State Award is given annually to an author or illustrator currently residing in New York state, acknowledging their significant contribution to the field of literature for young people. Past recipients of this award include Brian Selznick, Rita Williams-Garcia, Bryan Collier, Jacqueline Woodson, Laurie Halse Anderson, and several other youth literature heavyweights. The Empire State Award committee is pleased to welcome Messner to this esteemed group.


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