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Mia and Friends: Mia Hamm and the Soccer Sisterhood That Changed History

By Karlin Gray and illustrated by Micheline Hess


"A kicky tribute to the iconic soccer star and her spectacularly talented teammates on the U.S. national women's team.

Exuberant.... Compelling....

A high-intensity shot for the goal."

Kirkus Reviews


"Fast-paced and energetic....

An immersive look at the world of women's soccer

that makes for an enjoyable read for those who are sports fans, and even those who are not."

School Library Journal


Based on the true story of soccer legend Mia Hamm, Mia and Friends follows a group of young women who made history at the 1999 Women's World Cup!


Mia and Friends will be published August 27, 2024 by First Second Books.



Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes: The Adventurous Life of the First Giraffologist

By Karlin Gray & illustrated by Aparna Varma


"This is a fantastic book - well written and beautifully illustrated."

—The Anne Innis Dagg Foundation


"An excellent introduction to a lesser-known trailblazer."

Kirkus Reviews


"A delightful exploration of passion and perseverance."


Serena: The Littlest Sister

By Karlin Gray & illustrated by Monica Ahanonu


“Each page is alive with movement, joy, and vibrance.”

School Library Journal

"Illuminating and inspiring"

—Kirkus Reviews


"Gray's picture-book biography takes another tack, focusing on Serena as the youngest of five sisters, all of whom inspire her. It's a unique way to make Serena's superstardom relatable."



An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth

By Karlin Gray & illustrated by Steliyana Doneva


“Think back to when you were a child. Remember the kids who were the best at something? Sports or school or music? The kids who seemed to always be at the top of whatever it is they were doing? Did you ever feel, by comparison, un-special? Karlin Gray and Steliyana Doneva’s beautiful An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth is the perfect book for kids who don’t see their own special contributions....a perfect reminder that everyone and everything, no matter how seemingly ordinary, is extraordinary to the right person.”—San Francisco Book Review

“An effective picture book for preschool science units.”—Booklist

Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still

by Karlin Gray & illustrated by Christine Davenier


"Karlin Gray did an amazing job with this book."

Nadia Comaneci

“The story of Nadia Comaneci gets a treatment as energetic as the gymnast herself. . . . sprightly watercolor illustrations are both strong and springy, capturing Nadia’s literal and metaphorical ups and downs as she works hard, fails, and picks herself up."


"This book is a winner of a sports story that both boys and girls will enjoy.... highly, highly recommended for all collections. A real gem of a picture book biography."

El Paso Times