Press Kit

Mini Bio

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. Find her at

Short Bio

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. Find her at

Long Bio

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 loves playing with magical realism, bending the worlds of her stories to create intriguing spaces for readers to explore.

Karla is the creator of the “My Super Science Heroes” series (Sourcebooks), 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 picture book, Maria Mariposa (Chronicle) is a bilingual story about a girl who receives a gift from her home in Mexico on her first day of school in the U.S.—and how she finds a way to share the magic of that gift with everyone around her.

Karla’s debut middle grade novel, Loteria (Knopf) takes readers deep into the heart of Mexican culture, mythology, and lore in a story about free will and a simple game of chance with and life-and-death stakes. Karla lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and three kids, two cats, and hundreds of books. Find her at

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The turn of a card could change your destiny… The Phantom Tollbooth meets Coco in this captivating magical realist adventure based on the Lotería card game.

A perilous game of chance.
A journey among myths and monsters.
A girl whose fate hangs in the balance…

It is the hottest hour of the hottest day in Oaxaca City when Life and Death walk into town, ready to begin a new game of la Lotería. But first, they need a pawn, a child whose fate will be determined by the winner of the game: a long and prosperous life or an untimely death. Fate finds this child in a robin-egg blue house, tucked beneath a massive jacaranda tree. And so, the game begins.

Every card reveals a new twist in Clara’s fate: a tree, a scorpion, a fateful arrow, a mermaid, a deer, a treacherous rose. But Clara knows none of this. All she knows is that her cousin Esteban has vanished, and she’ll do whatever it takes to save him, traveling to the mythical Kingdom of Las Pozas in her search. And although it seems her fate was sealed as soon as the cards were dealt, Clara just might have what it takes to shatter the game and choose a new path.

Publisher: Knopf
Amazing IllustratorDana SanMar
Pub Date: September 7, 2021
ISBN-10: ‎ 0593176960
ISBN-13: 978-0593176962


LA Public Library – Your Author Series (Aug 2021)
Mr. Schu Reads Blog (Feb 2021)


  Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence

My Super Science Heroes is a picture book series for children ages 4-9. Written in partnership with the Marie Curie Alumni Association–a global organization of over 17,000 researchers and scientists–this series highlights key traits and characteristics (super powers!) that all children embody, showcasing how those skills can play a meaningful role in helping people reach their dreams. Each trait is paired with a specific scientist who flexed that super power to great effect in their own life. Our hope is that children will be inspired by these super science heroes, to draw on their own super powers in pursuing their goals.

The first book in the My Super Science Heroes series explores key moments in Marie Curie’s life that demonstrate the power of persistence and how it played an important role in helping her discover Radium and Polonium. In her super science hero story, Marie must rely on this persistence to defeat 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.

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Amazing IllustratorAnnalisa Beghelli
Brilliant science consultant: Micaela Crespo Quesada, PhD.
Pub Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN-10: 1728213568
ISBN-13: 978-1728213569


  Alan Turing and the Power of Curiosity

The second book of the series looks closely at key moments of Alan Turing‘s life that highlight his great power of curiosity, and how this power was critical to his ability to decode and solve important questions of his time (and in the process, lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence). In his story, Alan Turing must face off against the elusive Miss Enigma, whose task is to confound and confuse him every step of the way.

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Amazing IllustratorAnnalisa Beghelli
Brilliant science consultant: Micaela Crespo Quesada, PhD.
Pub Date: March 1, 2021
ISBN-10: 1728220432
ISBN-13: 978-1728220437





Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette

Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc.
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