Karina Hamalainen

Karina Hamalainen - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Writer and editor that creates engaging nonfiction texts for kids. I've written about topics from volcanoes to the science of Star Trek.

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Overview

For more than 10 years, I have worked at Scholastic, primarily on the STEAM magazine titles: Science World, Scholastic MATH, SuperScience, DynaMath, and Scholastic ART. This includes writing articles, devising issue issue lineups, editing copy, and shepherding layouts through printing.

I have also worked on several science book projects for Scholastic Library Publishing, including consulting on how to cover different science topics and writing books for both upper elementary kids in grades 3-5 and "Rookie Readers" for grades 1-2.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Nature
Technology
Fiction
Middle Grade

Certifications

  • Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting

Awards

  • AEP Revere Award for best middle school feature article 2011
  • AEP Revere Award for best single issue magazine 2014

Work experience

Editorial Director

Scholastic, Inc.
November, 2008 – Present (about 12 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Crazy Plants (True Books: Incredible Plants!)

Karina Hamalainen

From floating flowers and flying seeds to sweet scents and deadly poison, explore the surprising world of the planet's wackiest plants.A True Book: Incredible Plants series introduces young investigative readers to many types of unusual and typical plants from photosynthesis, how they grow, and ways they survive in extreme environments. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) intr... read more

From floating flowers and flying seeds to sweet scents and deadly poison, explore the surprising world of the planet's wackiest plants.A True Book: Incredible Plants series introduces young investigative readers to many types of unusual and typical plants from photosynthesis, how they grow, and ways they survive in extreme environments. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) intr... read more

Animation (A True Book: Behind the Scenes)

Karina Hamalainen

Find out what it is like to work as an animator, what is in story for the future of animation, and more.From Steamboat Willie to Finding Dory, the world of animation has seen many changes over the years. But one thing that always stays the same is animators' commitment to creating amazing entertainment. Readers (Grades 3-5) will learn how animation was invented, how the technology behind it ha... read more

Find out what it is like to work as an animator, what is in story for the future of animation, and more.From Steamboat Willie to Finding Dory, the world of animation has seen many changes over the years. But one thing that always stays the same is animators' commitment to creating amazing entertainment. Readers (Grades 3-5) will learn how animation was invented, how the technology behind it ha... read more

Hawai'i Volcanoes (A True Book: National Parks)

Karina Hamalainen

Two of the most active volcanoes on Earth, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, are located in Hawai'i - a true hot bed of volcanic activity.A True Book: National Parks series allows readers to experience spectacular vistas and natural landscapes, as well as interact with the rich tapestry of American History. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects ... read more

Two of the most active volcanoes on Earth, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, are located in Hawai'i - a true hot bed of volcanic activity.A True Book: National Parks series allows readers to experience spectacular vistas and natural landscapes, as well as interact with the rich tapestry of American History. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects ... read more

Everglades (A True Book: National Parks)

Karina Hamalainen

Located all the way at southern tip of Florida, Everglades National Park is the nation's only subtropical park.A True Book: National Parks series allows readers to experience spectacular vistas and natural landscapes, as well as interact with the rich tapestry of American History. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust res... read more

Located all the way at southern tip of Florida, Everglades National Park is the nation's only subtropical park.A True Book: National Parks series allows readers to experience spectacular vistas and natural landscapes, as well as interact with the rich tapestry of American History. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust res... read more

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 3 (National Geographic Kids)

National Geographic Kids

More fun than a barrel of monkeys and more interesting than reality TV-- this brain candy-filled book is an explosion of information about sensational topics kids love: royalty, gravity, bioluminescence, sloths, wildfires, bubblegum, cars, breakfast, aliens, you name it! It's a fantastic, fact-filled edition with all-new info on hundreds of topics, and the same great design that captures kids'... read more

More fun than a barrel of monkeys and more interesting than reality TV-- this brain candy-filled book is an explosion of information about sensational topics kids love: royalty, gravity, bioluminescence, sloths, wildfires, bubblegum, cars, breakfast, aliens, you name it! It's a fantastic, fact-filled edition with all-new info on hundreds of topics, and the same great design that captures kids'... read more

National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz 6: 1,000 Super Fun Mind-Bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions

National Geographic Kids

Discover 1,000 more fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions in the latest book in this popular series, with all-new content and photos. Packed with fantastic photos and a dynamic design, kids will have a blast quizzing themselves, friends, and their families on tons of fun trivia! This compact book is just the right size to pass the time on family road trips or to take to camp and quiz fell... read more

Discover 1,000 more fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions in the latest book in this popular series, with all-new content and photos. Packed with fantastic photos and a dynamic design, kids will have a blast quizzing themselves, friends, and their families on tons of fun trivia! This compact book is just the right size to pass the time on family road trips or to take to camp and quiz fell... read more

National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz 5: 1,000 Super Fun Mind-bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions

National Geographic Kids

Discover 1,000 more fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions in the fifth installment in this popular series, with all-new content and photos. Packed with fantastic photos and a dynamic design, kids will have a blast quizzing themselves, friends, and family members on tons of fun trivia!

Discover 1,000 more fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions in the fifth installment in this popular series, with all-new content and photos. Packed with fantastic photos and a dynamic design, kids will have a blast quizzing themselves, friends, and family members on tons of fun trivia!

The Extreme Weather and Rising Seas (A True Book: Understanding Climate Change (True Books: Understanding Climate Change)

Karina Hamalainen

What is the difference between climate and weather? How does ice melting at the South Pole affect sea levels thousands of miles away?This book explains how climate change contributes to rising sea levels and hazards such as heat waves, droughts, and extra-powerful storms. Learn how scientists analyze these extreme events and predict how they might change in the future.Glaciers are melting. Sum... read more

What is the difference between climate and weather? How does ice melting at the South Pole affect sea levels thousands of miles away?This book explains how climate change contributes to rising sea levels and hazards such as heat waves, droughts, and extra-powerful storms. Learn how scientists analyze these extreme events and predict how they might change in the future.Glaciers are melting. Sum... read more

Everglades National Park (Rookie National Parks)

Karina Hamalainen

Young readers will love exploring the massive swamp that gives Everglades National Park its name.Follow Ranger Rick as he gives the youngest reader (Ages 6-7) a fun and fascinating tour of some of the most spectacular places in the United States. Stunning photos, fun and informative text, and a helpful field guide introduce the wonder of America's national parks to the youngest readers. Young ... read more

Young readers will love exploring the massive swamp that gives Everglades National Park its name.Follow Ranger Rick as he gives the youngest reader (Ages 6-7) a fun and fascinating tour of some of the most spectacular places in the United States. Stunning photos, fun and informative text, and a helpful field guide introduce the wonder of America's national parks to the youngest readers. Young ... read more

Hawai'I Volcanoes National Park (Rookie National Parks)

Karina Hamalainen

Young readers will love exploring the active volcanoes and lava fields that give Hawaii Volcanoes National Park its name.Follow Ranger Rick as he gives the youngest reader (Ages 6-7) a fun and fascinating tour of some of the most spectacular places in the United States. Stunning photos, fun and informative text, and a helpful field guide introduce the wonder of America's national parks to the ... read more

Young readers will love exploring the active volcanoes and lava fields that give Hawaii Volcanoes National Park its name.Follow Ranger Rick as he gives the youngest reader (Ages 6-7) a fun and fascinating tour of some of the most spectacular places in the United States. Stunning photos, fun and informative text, and a helpful field guide introduce the wonder of America's national parks to the ... read more

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