When I started The Reading Culture, my daughter begged me to get the author of her all-time favorite series, “The Vanderbeekers,” on the show. I did, and Karina Yan Glaser really delivered in this episode!
In my wide-ranging conversation with Karina, she shares how and why empathy plays an integral role in her writing. She tells us about her own reading experiences and how they shaped her, along with why she believes in emotional honesty when writing for children.
Karina is the kind of person who just makes you feel at ease and at home. As it happens, her home, New York City, plays an important role in her writing. So it makes sense that Karina’s Beanstack reading challenge, Only in New York: A Karina Yan Glaser Reading Challenge, is centered around books where New York City is a character!