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Karina Yan Glaser
Karina Yan Glaser

Karina Yan Glaser is a New York Times bestselling writer and illustrator with a varied career teaching and implementing literacy programs in family homeless shelters and recruiting healthcare professionals to volunteer in under resourced areas around the world. She is the author of the middle grade book The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street which received two starred reviews and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Children’s Book, an Indie’s Introduce title, an Indie Next pick, and a Junior Library Guild selection. It has been optioned for film by Amy Poehler’s production company and has been translated into fourteen languages. The series continues with The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue, and The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found. Karina is a contributing editor for Book Riot, the largest independent book media website in North America. She lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescue animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book.

Book Title(s):

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2017)

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018)

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2019)

The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2020)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):

– A 2017 New York Times Notable Children’s Book
– A New York Times Bestseller
– A Junior Library Guild Selection
– New York City Book Award Winner
– An American Bookseller’s Association 2017 Indie’s Introduce Title
– An American Bookseller’s Association Autumn 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List Title
– A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Children’s Fiction Book
– A Southern Living Best Children’s Book of 2017
– World Magazine’s Children’s Novel of the Year
– A Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
– Vermont’s 2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher List
– A Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Finalist, 2019-2020
– A Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalist, 2019-2020
– A Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year Selection, 2018 and 2019
– A Lectio Book Award Finalist, 2018-2019
– A Nebraska Golden Sower Finalist, 2019-2020
– A 2018 Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Award for Children’s Literature
– Booklist Editor’s Choice Top of the List for Youth Audio

Age Categories:
Middle Grade
Publicity Information:
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