Karen Romano Young sitting on a bench with a sunset in the background.

Karen Romano Young

Karen Romano Young has dived to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in a tiny submarine, crunched through Arctic ice in an icebreaker, and visited labs, museum workshops, and research institutions across the U.S. to write and draw about science. She was a lead science communications fellow aboard Dr. Robert Ballard's research ship E/V Nautilus. 

Karen is an award-winning author who has written and/or illustrated more than 30 books for children and is the creator of AntarcticLog, a science comic. Her nonfiction books include Whale Quest, Space Junk, Try This! and Try This Extreme!   Her fiction work includes The Beetle and Me: A Love Story; the graphic novel Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles; and Hundred Percent. Her next novel is The Librarian's Child, due out in 2019. 

Karen lives with her family in the woods of Bethel, Connecticut. Her next adventure is a stint at Palmer Station, Antarctica, as the recipient of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Grant. She's the creator of AntarcticLog, a weekly comic about science exploration and the climate. She has not yet traveled to space.