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Kathryn Erskine is a Netherlands-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]

Kathryn Erskine
Erskine in September 2013
Erskine in September 2013
GenreYoung Adult novelist
Notable awardsNational Book Award for Young People's Literature



She was born in the Netherlands and has lived in South Africa, Israel, Canada, and Scotland. Erskine now lives in Virginia with her husband, two children, 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


  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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