Press Kit

Updated August 2, 2022. For media or speaker inquiries, please contact Laurie Abkemeier (DeFiore and Company).

Short Bio (50 words)

Award-winning writer and editor Karen Yin is an author of inclusive and intersectional children’s books, including Whole Whale and So Not Ghoul, and the forthcoming nonfiction book on conscious language. The founder of several digital tools for writers and editors, she is best known for her groundbreaking Conscious Style Guide. Find Karen online at

Long Bio (200 words)

Karen Yin is the author of Whole Whale (Barefoot Books, 2021), So Not Ghoul (Page Street Kids, 2022), Doug the Pug and the Kindness Crew (Scholastic, 2022), “My Kinda Sorta Badass Move” (Boundless: Twenty Voices Celebrating Multicultural and Multiracial Identities, Inkyard, 2023), and the forthcoming nonfiction book on conscious language (Little, Brown Spark). Acclaim for her writing includes a 2021 California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, a 2020 SCBWI/Smithsonian Nonfiction Grant, selection of her flash fiction by the Los Angeles Public Library for its permanent collection in 2020, and a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellowship. Winner of the 2017 ACES Robinson Prize (Editor of the Year), Karen founded several acclaimed digital resources, including Conscious Style Guide, The Conscious Language Newsletter, and the Editors of Color Database. Conscious Style Guide was named by Poynter as one of the top tools for journalists in 2018 and is recommended by Poets & Writers, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and countless others, including NASA. Karen serves on the advisory board of The Chicago Manual of Style and is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild. She lives with her partner and their cat friends on a mountain near Los Angeles. Find her online at and her book recommendations at


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Karen smiles at the camera, wearing her Make Peace With Words tee.

Whole Whale

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On this square book cover is the large tail of a blue whale on a mustard background. Various animals such as a panda, lion, sheep, and giraffe surround the tale, which has the title in fat, textured hand-drawn letters.

Book Details

IllustratorNelleke Verhoeff
PublisherBarefoot Books
Publication dateJune 1, 2021
Reading age3 to 6


One hundred unusual animals try to squeeze into the pages of this raucous rhyming tale. But will there be room to fit a whole blue whale? The humorous ending features an expansive double gatefold and educational endnotes list the 100 animals in the book.

Notable Reviews

  • School Library Journal (September 1, 2021): “This simple rhyming book packs a powerful message.”
  • Booklist (May 15, 2021): “Perhaps the truest charm of this book lies in its language.”

Key Selling Points

  • INTERACTIVE: Silly, rhyming text invites readers to assess, re-assess and make predictions.
  • ENGAGING FORMAT: The book’s large format and gatefold at the end fully immerse children in the reading experience.
  • VISUALLY DRIVEN: Nelleke Verhoeff’s wacky and lovable illustrations drive the story line while providing humor and interest.
  • STEM: The book introduces a variety of unusual animals and encourages children to count and make estimates.

So Not Ghoul

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Three ghosts jeer at a Chinese American ghost dressed like a Chinese pop-culture ghost.

IllustratorBonnie Lui
PublisherPage Street Kids
Publication dateAugust 2, 2022
Reading age4 to 8


On her first day haunting a new school, all Mimi has to wear are old Chinese gowns from her great-great-great-great-great-ghost-grandmother. She wants to look horrifying and rattle chains with the cool American ghouls at school, but her ghost ancestors insist she dress and behave like a good Chinese ghost. Desperate to fit in and find a middle haunting ground between her cultures, she plans a ghastly new look. But she questions whether her haunt couture is a fabulous fright or a grave mistake when her family finds out, and another ghoul at school appropriates her Chinese fashion. This ghoulishly playful ghost story offers a boo-tiful reminder that while sometimes school and family can make you feel invisible, bicultural pride never goes out of style.

Key Selling Points

  • Mimi finds a way to balance both her Chinese and her American cultures, and her story depicts the challenges many multicultural young people experience.
  • Chinese ghosts rarely feature in children’s books, and this story gives them an entire fantastical world to inhabit filled with cultural references.
  • The narrative voice welcomes readers into this hybrid Chinese American ghost culture with a humorous tone and a healthy dose of ghoulish wordplay.
  • Includes a clear and nonjudgmental example of cultural appropriation vs cultural appreciation.
  • Shows a peaceful resolution to a realistic bullying scenario without dismissing the bully’s impact.
  • Both the author and illustrator are Chinese American, giving them personal insight into this important part of Mimi’s identity.

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