Photo: Corey Hayes

Photo: Corey Hayes

Originally from California, Karina came to New York City for college and has stuck around for nearly twenty years. She has had 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. Now as a mother, one of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book. She lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescued animals. 

Karina is a contributing editor at Book Riot, the largest independent book media company in North America,  where she writes the weekly The Kids Are All Right newsletter as well as children's book recommendation posts. Subscribe to the newsletter here, and check out her posts here.

Karina is represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Podcast Appearances

The Read-Aloud Revival (link)
The Books Between Podcast (link)


Interviews and Blog Posts

The Horn Book's Publisher's Previews (link)
The Blog, Guest Post (link)
Literary Rambles (guest post by Karina and her agent Ginger Clark) (link)
Kick-Butt Kid Lit Interview (link)
Beth McMullen's Blog (link)
Teachers Who Read Blog (link)
Blackplume's "Celebrating Debutantes" Blog (link)

If you'd like to know how to pronounce Karina's name, take a listen to the audio clip below.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers did an Instagram Stories session with Karina right before the book released. They talk about the book, Harlem, and Alexander Hamilton!