Erin Entrada Kelly

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


Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of 2018 Newbery Medal winning novel, Hello, Universe. She is also the 2016-2017 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award-winning author of The Land of Forgotten Girls and the 2016 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor winning author of Blackbird Fly. Her latest novel is the highly acclaimed middle grade novel, You Go First.

Erin grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, raised by her mother who was the first in her family to emigrate from the Philippines. Erin 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 is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs.

Erin loves to write in whimsical bright spaces. Her writing nook has a big window and is filled with such playful items as a Statue of Liberty rubber duckie, a stuffed Vincent Van Gogh, and a Twilight Zone bobble-head. When she writes, she also likes to eat cookies, more cookies, and drink coffee.

These days, Erin lives in the Philadelphia area.

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