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Karen Latchana Kenney

Karen Latchana Kenney is an Indian-Irish author and editor, born near the equator in Guyana, and raised far north in Minnesota. She’s lived in New Amsterdam, Toronto, Minneapolis, Dublin, Maynooth, Oregon, and Rhode Island, and visited many more places on far-flung adventures. She first got lost in books as a child and hoped one day kids might get lost in her books too. Kenney writes both fiction and nonfiction stories about immigrant and biracial experiences, scientific discoveries, momentous historical events, and civil rights struggles. Her books have received several starred reviews and have been named a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, a Book of Note from the TriState Review Committee, and an Editor’s Choice for School Library Connection.

Recent & Notable Works



Forests, Our Planet Earth: Blastoff! (Bellwether Media, 2022)

Lizzo: Award-Winning Musician (Capstone Publishing, 2021)

H is for Home: A Sesame Street Guide to Homes around the World (Lerner Publications, 2020)

Folding Tech: Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology (Lerner Publications, 2020)

Extreme Longevity: Discovering the Earth’s Oldest Organisms (Twenty-First Century Books, 2018)

Who Invented the Movie Camera?: Edison vs. Friese-Greene (Lerner Publications, 2018)

Exoplanets: Worlds beyond Our Solar System (Lerner Publications, 2017)

National Geographic Kids: Everything World War I (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

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