About Erin


Erin Entrada Kelly received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly.

Erin was raised in Louisiana, but now lives in the Philadelphia area. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA. Erin is also a short story writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and liberal arts from McNeese State University and an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont. Erin is mestiza and identifies as Filipina-American. Her mother is Visayan and lives in Cebu, which is why many of Erin’s Filipino characters speak Cebuano rather than Tagalog. You can contact Erin. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also learn more by visiting Frequently Asked Questions.

Quick Bits

Pronoun: she/her

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff

Sign: Virgo

Favorite Food: Cookies

Second Favorite Food: More cookies

Favorite Drink: Coffee

Favorite Part of School Visits: Q&A

Favorite Word: Peculiar

In the News:

“All my novels begin with a picture of a character …,” Kirkus

Something to believe in, BookPage

The perfect book for kids who won’t be quiet, Washington Post

In the Land of Forgotten Girls, School Library Journal

Reading with Erin Entrada Kelly, Shelf Awareness

A Peek at the Creative Space of Erin Entrada Kelly

Tips for the Writer with No Routine, Writer’s Digest

Books About Kids Between Cultures, LA Times