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Erin Entrada Kelly: Different ways to be mighty

Award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly wants her readers to know that there is more than one way to be “mighty.” 

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Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of chapter books for tweens and teens, including Hello, Universe — winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal. Her books explore coming of age with sensitivity and honesty, dealing with issues such as bullying, building friendships, and feeling like an outsider.


One of the most important messages that I hope comes through, in all of my books is that there are many different ways to be strong and mighty. There are many different ways to be brave. I think when you’re a quiet kid, when you’re an average student, when you fall somewhere in the middle, it’s easy to get lost, and it’s important for us to lift those kids up, and… but it’s important for those kids themselves to know that they are strong, and you don’t have to be the loudest, the bravest, the prettiest, the most handsome. You just have to be the best version of yourself.