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Empire State Award
I was honored by the New York Library Association Youth Services Section by being chosen to be the 2015 winner of the Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People.


The award was presented to me at the NYLA Conference held in beautiful Lake Placid, NY.

Here I am being greeted by the effervescent Chrissie Morrison, past president of Youth Services Section.


On the vendors' floor, North Country Books booth.


Rochester friends Terry and Lynne from the Friends of Libraries Section.


A shout-out "Hi Roxane!" from Heidi of the Pioneer Library System.




with Tonia


with Kimberly Zettwoch, Empire State Award Committee


with Kim, Joshua Carlson (in charge of next year's Empire State Award Committee), and Chrissie


with my husband Jim


(lifted from Chrissie's Facebook page!)


with Joshua.  The sign says, "Hi Trevor!" because I met Trevor in Guilderland years ago, and made him into a werewolf in one of my stories.

During lunch, the screen showed pictures of the people who have won the Empire Award over the past 25 years:

1990 - Maurice Sendak
1991 - Madeleine L'Engle
1992 - Leo and Diane Dillon
1993 - Russell Freedman
1994 - Paula Fox
1995 - Ed Young
1996 - Nancy Willard
1997 - Richard Peck
1998 - Jean Craighead George
1999 - Vera B. Williams
2000 - Peter Spier
2001 - Jean Fritz
2002 - Jerry Pinkney
2003 - Seymour Simon
2004 - Alice Provensen
2005 - M. E. Kerr
2006 - Donald Crews
2007 - Joseph Bruchac
2008 - Rafe Martin
2009 - Linda Sue Park
2010 - Cynthia DeFelice
2011 - Laura Vaccaro Seeger
2012 - Bruce Coville
2013 - Laurie Halse Anderson
2014 - Jacqueline Woodson

The quote under my picture is from Frogged:
“Mothers are legendary for being able to read the thoughts of their children at just the right moment.”



with the helpful and friendly staff from The Bookstore Plus




Deborah and Jenny




Rebecca Budinger


Joyce and Mary


Chrissie introducing the session:  "Lies My Librarian Refused to Tell Me"


Kyle Lukoff, telling us no lies.

a friend made on the





from the Conference Center to the hotel