BCBA Spotlight: Karen English

The third book of Karen English’s chapter series, The Carver Chronicles, was released on December 1st. Based on the synopsis of Don’t Feed the Geckos!, it seems as if English is continuing to fulfill her desire to portray not only African American but other children of color in everyday, universal situations. Some of those everyday situations that English writes about were inspired by her students and children in general, who she described as “genuine and quirky and funny and full of love.” Although her books are realistic in that they deal with relevant topics, English prefers not to focus too much on “poverty and struggle.”

Any parent or educator looking to pick up something from English, has plenty to choose from as she writes picture, chapter, and middle grade books that feature male and female multicultural characters. English has retired from teaching but not writing. She continues to have a constant flow of ideas for new stories, and that’s great for children’s literature. Happy Reading!

Everyday life is really what most of our African American children live. If we respect their emotional lives we can see that they don’t need to be set apart. Emotionally human beings are the same. I’d like to see more stories driven by the everyday than by events

Karen English


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