Karen Lynn Williams

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Karen Lynn Williams is an American writer of children's literature. She is best known for her books about the difficulties of children in developing countries.[1]


Born in 1952 in New Haven, Connecticut, she was educated at the University of Connecticut (B.S., 1974) and Southern Connecticut State University (M.S., 1977). She was a teacher of the deaf in Connecticut from 1977–80 and a Peace Corps teacher of English in Malawi from 1980-83. From 1990-93 she lived and worked in Deschapelles, Haiti, where her husband Steve was a doctor at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer.[2]

Williams teaches literature and writing in the Chatham University Master of Fine Arts Program in Children’s and Adolescent Writing.


  • Galimoto, fiction (New York: Lothrop, 1990).
  • Baseball and Butterflies, fiction (New York: Lothrop, 1990).
  • When Africa Was Home, fiction (New York: Orchard Book, 1991).
  • First Grade King, fiction (New York: Clarion Books, 1992).
  • Applebaum's Garage, fiction (New York: Clarion Books, 1993).
  • Tap-Tap, fiction (New York: Clarion Books, 1994).
  • A Real Christmas This Year, fiction (New York: Clarion Books, 1995).
  • Painted Dreams, fiction (New York: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, 1998).
  • One Thing I'm Good at, fiction (New York: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, 1999).
  • Circles of Hope, fiction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005).
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals, fiction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007).


  1. ^ "Williams, Karen Lynn". WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Stayer, Lindsay (2007). "Williams, Karen Lynn". The Pennsylvania Centre for the Book. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 

Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2002. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000106578.

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