February 2018: World Magazine selected THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET as the Children's Novel of the Year! (Link)
January 2018: THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET was chosen for a Nerdy Book Club Award! The nomination and voting process is done entirely by readers, most of them teachers and librarians, so I’m incredibly honored! (Link)
December 2017: The Atlantic Journal-Constitution selected THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET for their 2017 holiday book gift guide, saying, "Like 'Anne of Green Gables,' this story feels like a favorite teddy bear, or comfort food--it has the evergreen radiance of a classic. It's about the value of home, family, and community. Heck, it's about the meaning of life." (Link)
December 2017: Anne Arundel Public Libraries in Maryland selected THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST as one of their best children's books of 2017. (Link)
December 2017: The Austin Statesman recommends THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET for holiday gift giving, saying, "Cue the ingenuity of “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). This debut novel from Karina Yan Glaser harkens back to the big-family adventures of series like Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy siblings. Isa, Laney, Oliver, Jessie and Hyacinth have ideas about how to win over Mr. Beiderman; the corresponding reality often goes awry." (Link)
December 2017: The Buffalo News selected THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET for their holiday gift guide, saying, "this marvelous addition to the classic library of book families in the tradition of Jeanne Birdsall's 'Penderwicks' series." (Link)
December 2017: THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET made it into the San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Books Gift Guide! (Link)
December 2017: Southern Living selected THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET as one of the Best Children's Book of 2017! (Link)
November 2017: The New York Times chose THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET as one of their Notable Children's Books of 2017! (Link)
November 2017: The Chicago Public Library selected THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET for their 2017 Best of the Best Children's Book List! (Link)
November 2017: The New York Times children's book review editor, Maria Russo, said that THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET was one of the stand-out middle grade books of the season! Listen to the 11/10/17 New York Times Book Review podcast here. The children's book section begins at 36:00; The Vanderbeekers is mentioned at 43:10.
October 2017: The New York Times gave a wonderful review for THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET! Read it here.
October 2017: Thrilled to announce that Ann Rider at HMH Books for Young Readers has acquired a third book in THE VANDERBEEKERS series. Expected publication in 2019!
October 2017: The Buffalo News gave a lovely review of THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET, saying, "This wonderful debut novel brings to vivid life a lovable, big, biracial family and their vibrant Harlem neighborhood and is a stellar entry in the library of children's novels of book families, in the vein of Jeanne Birdsall's"Penderwicks" series...This beautifully written book is funny, poignant, and sweet."
October 2017: I wrote a guest post on TeachingBooks.net called, "Classic Books That Inspired The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street." Check it out here, where you will also find a video recording and a name pronunciation guide!
October 2017: Oliver Vanderbeeker gets interviewed at the Children's Book Review! Check out his thoughts about cookies, books, and the last time he felt embarrassed.
October 2017: Amazon.com's editors chose THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET as one of the best books of the month for October for ages 9-12!
October 2017: So pleased to see THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET on the list for Book Riot's Must-Read October New Releases!
September 2017: Fab Book Reviews says this about THE VANDERBEEKERS: "If a cozy, heavenly blanket – think of a warm, lovely blanket, possibly handmade, the best in the world- came in the form of a book, that book might look something just like Karina Yan Glaser’s The Vanderbeeker’s of 141st Street. One of the most genuine, moving, kindhearted novels I have had the pleasure of reading in the last long while, I cannot think of enough wonderful things to say about this extraordinary debut children’s novel." (Link)
September 2017: Foreward Reviews calls THE VANDERBEEKERS, "a delightful story about a delightful family. It is a thoroughly enjoyable book that will undoubtedly find a place of honor on many bookshelves." (Link)
September 2017: Eight-year-old Emmie Enchanted gave THE VANDERBEEKERS five-and-a-half wands out of five wands on her wonderful book review blog, Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them. She writes, "I give this book more than 5 wands because I felt a lot of emotions throughout the book. It made me excited and scared and sad and happy and the list goes on and on. I personally like the beginning and I got into it from the start!" Read her complete review here.
August 2017: The American Bookseller's Association and Author's Guild invited me to participate in one of their fall author events at Bank Street Bookstore on October 29th at 1pm with Rachel Vail. Check out their announcement here.
August 2017: THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET received a second starred review! Booklist says, "Few (families) in children's literature are as engaging or amusing as the Vanderbeekers, even in a time of turmoil... Add this captivating first novel to the list of family stories that would make an only child long for siblings." The full review is here.
August 2017: THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET received a starred review from School Library Journal! "Glaser's pitch perfect debut set in Harlem introduces the endearing biracial Vanderbeeker family... Readers will look forward to future adventures. A highly recommended purchase for all middle grade collections."
July 2017: I had the privilege of speaking at the Girls Write Now Chapters series in June. A recap of the series is here.
June 2017: THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET is a Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild selection!
June 2017: School Library Journal listed THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET among their most hotly anticipated Fall 2017 children's book releases! Check it out here.
June 5, 2017: The School and Library Journal did a recap article about the panel I was on with Tracey Baptiste, Paul Griffin, Katherine Paterson, and Jason Reynolds for their Day of Dialog on May 31, 2017.
May 4, 2017: I'm incredibly honored that the American Bookseller's Association chose THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET as one of ten best debut MG/YA Summer/Fall 2017 books for their Indie's Introduce list! To learn more about the program or to read blurbs about the selected books, visit their website.
February 17, 2017: Laura Lampert of Random House's parent-oriented blog, Brightly, asked me some questions about how to engage reluctant middle grade readers. You can check out her post and my tips here!
February 8, 2017: Check out the Vanderbeekers cover reveal and interview with the wonderful Mr. Schu, where I completely fangirl over Linda Sue Park, talk about the amazing cover illustrator Karl James Mountford, and confess to the number of books in my tiny apartment (hint: it's a lot)! (link)
February 2, 2017: The Vanderbeekers was included in the Fall 2017 Children's Sneak Previews, under Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! (link)
September 29, 2017: My dream-come-true publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired a sequel to THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET! Hooray!
December 7, 2015: The official publishing announcement for THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET was posted on Publisher's Weekly! (Link)
November 19, 2015: Amanda Nelson from Book Riot invited me on her awesome podcast, GET BOOKED, to talk about all things Kid Lit. Check it out here.