Karla Arenas Valenti was born and raised in Mexico City. Since then she has put down roots in many places she now calls home: Japan, France, Germany, and most recently the Chicagoland area where she lives with her husband, three kids, two cats, and hundreds of books. She writes picture books and middle grade novels.
Author Karla Arenas Valenti writes stories for and about kids, taking readers on journeys seeped in magical realism and philosophical questions. Her storytelling is heavily influenced by her Mexican heritage and layered with ideas and concepts she’s picked up in her many travels around the world. She currently resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and three kids, two cats, and hundreds of books. Karla writes picture books (she is the creator of the “My Super Science Heroes” series) and middle grade novels.
Karla Arenas Valenti is an author of picture books and middle grade novels. She loves writing stories that take readers into unexpected places (emotionally and intellectually), pushing them to explore the boundaries of what they know about themselves and the world around them. She also dabbles in magical realism, bending the worlds of her stories to create intriguing spaces for readers to explore.
Her debut picture book, Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence, was the first book in the “My Super Science Heroes” series, an exploration of key historical figures depicting science as it truly is: an epic adventure with super heroes, super evil, and super science powers! Her debut middle grade novel, Loteria, was sold at auction to Knopf | Penguin Random House and takes readers deep into the heart of Mexican culture, mythology, and lore. Karla lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and three kids, two cats, and hundreds of books.
Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence
The first book, in the My Super Science Heroes seires, Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence, uses a novel storytelling approach to bring this historical figure to life for readers, both young and old. Written and illustrated as a dynamic superhero story, this book introduces children to Marie Curie as an important scientist whose greatest achievement was not the discovery of radium and polonium, nor having earned two Nobel Prizes, but rather for her extraordinary power – the power of persistence.
Throughout her life, society and institutional limitations threatened to block Marie’s progress. Determined to become educated and successful, Marie Curie persisted. Marie’s unfailing persistence was a recurring theme and played a critical role in her success. In her super science hero story, this power plays an equally important role as Marie must rely on persistence during her ongoing battle with her arch nemesis, Mr. Opposition. In this way, Marie Curie represents an important role model for girls and boys who face their own version of Mr. Opposition.
Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence is unlike any other children’s book about historical figures, and it is sure to inspire countless young scientists (and non-scientists) as they develop their own super powers.
Pub Date: April 7, 2020
- Children’s Book Insider (March 2020)
- Inkygirl (Debbie Ridpath Ohi) (March 2020)
- Maria Marshall (April 2020)
- Katelyn Aronson (April 2020)
- From the Mixed Up Files (Jennifer Swanson) (April 2020)
- This Just Read (Amber Hendricks) (April 2020)
- Writing and Illustrating (Kathy Temean) (April 2020)
- Kaitlyn Sanchez (May 2020)
- Johnell DeWitt (May 2020)
Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette
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