(updated August 15, 2014)

New!Try This! 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You

Where's Hercules going today?

Nautilus Live

I'm a Communications Fellow aboard the E/V Nautilus, exploring the deeps of the Caribbean. Here are some ways to follow me:

My ″Tomatoes″ painting appeared on the March 2013 cover of Natural Awakenings, a national (U.S. and Puerto Rico) publication.


Please visit my brand new Etsy shop!

I Sell on Etsy

Paperback Doodlebug is here!

Paperback Doodlebug is here!

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My latest book! Coming in March, 2013.

Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)

Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles, will be available in paperback in October 2012.

Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles – paperback

World Book Night

Click here to find out more about World Book Night

Doodlebug 2 is on its way in Winter, 2013 !

My New Blog ! – The Doodling Desk

And, the blog's Facebook page:

Come visit me at Books NJ 2011, Paramus Public Library, Paramus, New Jersey.

First ever Connecticut Book Festival and me:

Doodlebug was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2010.

Here is a a Special Doodlebug Holiday message, by Sarah Soldano! Thank you to Tracey Keane, the voice of this message!

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Sarah Soldano is an emerging graphic designer in the Boston area. She is currently working in children's publishing as she pursues her freelance design and the completion of her first young adult novel in her free time. Sarah's intense love of writing blossomed in her early teens when she attended Karen Romano Young's "Young Writer's Workshops" at their local library. Since then, she has aspired to follow in Karen Romano Young's footsteps!

Check out her website at or find her on LinkedIn at

Doodlebug is recommended by the Mother/Daughter Book Club! Book Review: Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young | Mother Daughter Book Club

I have a chicken named after me! Read the Good Egg Interview, by Wendy Thomas, here.

The World Wildlife Fund uses the Walrus Doodle to help publicize what's happening to walrus, in hope that they will be named to the endangered list in September, 2010.

2010 books

Doodlebug Cover   Junkyard Science Cover   Family Science Cover


2009 books

Angels are Everywhere Cover   Crime Scene Science Cover   Bug Science Cover




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Read my posts (and those of other authors and illustrators) at I.N.K., the blog about Interesting Nonfiction for Kids.

The I.N.K. blog, for which I write, is first runner up for the EduBlog Awards for group education blogs. Read the announcement at EduBlog Awards.


My Whale Nessie

My name was accepted by the Whale Center of New England for this whale! Her name is Nessie, after the Loch Ness monster. (Can you see the monster's head in black on her left fluke?)

Please get in touch if you would like to schedule an event, book sale or signing, or school visit.


Hear my interview with Barbara Anastasia on Free Agent Lifestyle, a radio blog. It took place March 23, 2007 and is archived at