My name is Karina and I’m a bilingual speech-language pathologist (MS, CCC-SLP, BE) and children’s book author. Currently, I work with school-age children at a school in Brooklyn, NY. While targeting students’ storytelling skills through therapy, their boundless imaginations inspired this dream to write picture books of my own.
My debut book, The Coquíes Still Sing / Los Coquíes Aún Cantan, will be published August 23rd, 2022 by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan. I’m represented by Charlotte Sheedy of Sheedy Lit. I’m also a member of SCBWI and Las Musas.
The Coquíes Still Sing / Los Coquíes Aún Cantan
Co-quí, co-quí! The coquí frogs sing to Elena from her family’s garden—their calls so familiar that they might as well be singing, “You are home, you are safe.” But home is suddenly not safe when a hurricane threatens to destroy everything that Elena knows. As time passes, Elena, alongside her community, begins to restore the garden, planting seeds of hope along the way. When the sounds of the coquíes gradually return, they reflect the resilience and strength of Elena, her family, and her fellow Puerto Ricans.
It’s a story about home, community, & hope, inspired by the rebuilding of Puerto Rico following Hurricane María, written by debut author Karina González and illustrated by Krystal Quiles and published by Roaring Brook Press.
*Available in English and Spanish on August 23rd, 2022!