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Indiana Authors Awards Honoree

Katie Hesterman

Katie Hesterman

2020 Emerging Shortlist

Katie Hesterman is the debut author of A Round of Robins, a collection of 16 plucky, playful poems that takes the reader on a journey through the nesting cycle of a robin pair. Her book was a nominee for the 2020 Bill Martin, Jr. Award, a 2019 NCTE Notable Poetry Book and included on The Horn Book 2018 Summer Reading List. A nurse by profession, Katie has traded her stethoscope for a keyboard, but still listens closely to the hearts of children. Her favorite author perk is sharing her love of language with students through interactive storytelling and poetry workshops. Katie resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she and her husband have raised their own brood of three. For more information, please visit

See the entire emerging shortlist or learn more about the 2020 Awards.