Kathryn Erskine

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Kathryn Erskine
Erskine in September 2013
Erskine in September 2013
Alma materCollege of William & Mary
GenreYoung Adult novelist
Notable awardsNational Book Award for Young People's Literature

Kathryn Erskine is a Dutch-born American writer of children's literature. She won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 2012 Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award for her novel, Mockingbird.[1][2]


She was born in the Netherlands and has lived in South Africa, Israel, Canada, and Scotland. Erskine now[when?] lives in Virginia with her husband, Bill two children, Fiona and Gavin and dog, Maxine.

She was a lawyer for many years before writing. She presents workshops at the Writer's Center.[3]


  • Quaking, Penguin, 2007, ISBN 978-0-399-24774-3
  • Mockingbird, Penguin, 2010, ISBN 978-0-399-25264-8 — winner of the National Book Award[1][2]
  • The Absolute Value of Mike. Penguin. 2011. ISBN 978-0-399-25505-2.
  • "Seeing Red", Scholastic, 2013, ISBN 978-0545464406
  • "Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song", Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), ISBN 9780374303013

She has 2 children and 1dog and lives with her husband


  1. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2010". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-04-16.
    (With acceptance speech by Erskine; interview, reading, and other material replicated for all five Young People's Literature authors and books.)
  2. ^ a b "2010 National Book Award Winner, Young People's Literature" (November 17, 2010). NBF. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
    (Acceptance speech by Erskine with some other material.)
  3. ^ "Kathryn Erskine". The Writers Center.

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