Erin Entrada Kelly

“My message to young readers is simple: Be yourself. Be resilient. Be kind.”


Erin Entrada Kelly received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor award for Blackbird Fly. Her novels are New York Timesbestsellers and have been translated in more than thirty languages.

Erin grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She earned her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and liberal arts from McNeese State University and an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College, where she teaches in the graduate fiction and publishing programs.

These days, Erin lives in New Castle County, Delaware, near Philadelphia. She prefers to write at home, surrounded by artwork, fan letters, and Diet Pepsi.

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