Kelly Barnhill is the author of fantasy novels for children, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal.
In this interview, Barnhill talks about listening to stories out loud, the importance of magic, her book box, writing nonfiction for kids, her classroom workshops for young writers, and much more.
Kelly Barnhill is the author of fantasy novels for children, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon (winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal), The Witch's Boy, Iron Hearted Violet, and The Mostly True Story of Jack. Barnhill has also written many nonfiction books for children published by Capstone Press, including Sewers and the Rats That Love Them and Monsters of the Deep.
She studied creative writing as an undergraduate, and before finding success as an author Barnhill worked for the National Park Service and was trained as a volunteer firefighter.
Barnhill has received writing fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board and was a 2015 McKnight Writing Fellow in Children’s Literature. She is the winner of the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet award, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. She also was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Andre Norton Award and the PEN/USA literary prize.
Barnhill is a graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She lives in Minneapolis with her architect husband and their three children.
To learn more (and to find out about school and Skype visits) visit Kelly Barnhill's website.