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Favorite Interviews

“I know just about everything about my characters. In my opinion, there is nothing more important than your characters.”

Inside Writing with Gotham Writers Workshop

Books Can Be an Entry to Talking about Sadness with Your Child

The Washington Post

Writing Habits and Creative Spirit — Middle Grade Ninja Podcast

“Seventh grade was my first before-and-after year. It was a difficult, difficult time for me.”

Interview with Mr. Schu

Real-Life Bullying Experience Weaves its Way into Author’s Books — The Washington Post

Newbery Medal-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly has stories in her brain all the time. When she writes them down, things get really interesting.

Wisconsin Public Radio

“Erin writes the kind of books you want to hug when you’re finished … She doesn’t shy away from difficult topics or hard truths, but she provides a safe, gentle space to explore them. It kind of feels like she’s holding your hand while you’re reading.” — Feature in Delaware Live

Hedgehogs, Filipino Snacks, and What to Wear When You Win the Newbery

Newbery Tart Podcast

Sometimes the best—and only—answer to difficult times is to embrace a big, beautiful imagination. — Interview with BookPage

“I started writing very young. I was probably about eight years old.”

Interview with Reading Rockets

Erin Entrada Kelly Toasts Her Newbery Win — Feature in Publishers Weekly

Fil-Am Author on Bullying, Hope, and Her Filipino-Folklore Inspired Book

CNN Philippines

Q&A with Erin Entrada Kelly — Publishers Weekly


  • Newbery Medal (Hello Universe)
  • Newbery Honor (We Dream of Space)
  • NPR Best Book (Hello Universe)
  • Today Show Best Book (We Dream of Space)
  • Audie Award Finalist (We Dream of Space)
  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis [The Children’s Literature Prize of Germany], (Hello Universe)
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Book (We Dream of Space, Lalani of the Distant SeaHello Universe, Blackbird Fly)
  • SLJ Best Book (Blackbird Fly, The Land of Forgotten Girls, Hello Universe, You Go First, Lalani of the Distant Sea, We Dream of Space)
  • The Week Jr., Best Summer Reads (Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey)
  • Best Books 2021, Parents Magazine (Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey)
  • Best Books 2021, Chicago Public Library (Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey)
  • Indie Next Pick (We Dream of SpaceLalani of the Distant Sea, Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey)
  • Horn Book Fanfare (We Dream of Space, Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • CCBC Choices Book (We Dream of SpaceYou Go FirstBlackbird Fly)
  • Publisher’s Weekly, Best Summer Reads (We Dream of Space)
  • Booklist, Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth (We Dream of Space)
  • BCCB 2019 Blue Ribbon Book (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • Junior Library Guild Selection (Blackbird Fly, The Land of Forgotten Girls, Hello Universe, You Go First, Lalani of the Distant Sea, We Dream of Space, Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey)
  • Kirkus Best Book (Lalani of the Distant SeaYou Go FirstHello Universe)
  • Booklist Editors Choice (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • Booklist, Top 10 Books of the Year (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • Booklist, Top 10 Fantasy Books of the Year (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • Booklinks Lasting Connection (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • BookPage, Best Books of 2019 (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature Finalist (Lalani of the Distant Sea)
  • Nerdie Book Club Nerdies (Lalani of the Distant Sea, You Go First)
  • Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year (You Go FirstBlackbird Fly)
  • ILA-CBC Children’s Choices List (You Go First)
  • GoodReads Choice Award Finalist (You Go First)
  • IBBY Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities (Hello Universe)
  • AudioFile Best Books of the Year (Hello Universe)
  • Catholic Children Youth Book Prize finalist (Hello Universe)
  • APALA Award for Literature (The Land of Forgotten Girls)
  • Parents Choice Gold Award (The Land of Forgotten Girls)
  • Booklist, Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth (The Land of Forgotten Girls)
  • NAIBA Book of the Year Finalist (The Land of Forgotten Girls)
  • Cybils Finalist (Blackbird Fly)
  • APALA Award for Literature Honor (Blackbird Fly)
  • SCBWI Golden Kite Honor (Blackbird Fly)

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