Empire State Award
 

The Empire State Award is given annually and was first presented in 1990. It is a one-time award presented to a living author or illustrator currently residing in New York State. The award honors a body of work that represents excellence in children’s or young adult literature and that has made a significant contribution to literature for young people. Youth Services librarians throughout the state submit nominations to an awards committee. The committee makes a decision that is then approved by the YSS Executive Board.

The 2017 Nomination Form is available for download here. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2015.
 


Past winners of the Empire State Award are:
 

2015: Vivian Vande Velde

2014: Jacqueline Woodson

2013: Laurie Halse Andersen

2012 - Bruce Coville

2011 - Laura Vaccaro Seeger

2010 - Cynthia DeFelice

2009 - Linda Sue Park

2008 - Rafe Martin

2007 - Joseph Bruchac

2006 - Donald Crews

2005 - M. E. Kerr

2004 - Alice Provensen

2003 - Seymour Simon

2002 - Jerry Pinkney

2001 - Jean Fritz

2000 - Peter Spier

1999 - Vera B. Williams

1998 - Jean Craighead George

1997 - Richard Peck

1996 - Nancy Willard

1995 - Ed Young

1994 - Paula Fox

1993 - Russell Freedman

1992 - Leo and Diane Dillon

1991 - Madeleine L'Engle

1990 - Maurice Sendak
 

 

last updated 11/4/15