Karen Rostoker-Gruber is a multi-award-winning author of many picture books with hundreds of thousands of copies sold.

  • Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match (Apples & Honey Press 2015), was named a National Jewish Book Award Finalist and was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Children’s Literature Award from the Church and Synagogue Library Association. Her books Bandit (Marshall Cavendish 2008), Bandit’s Surprise (Marshall Cavendish 2010), and Ferret Fun (Marshall Cavendish 2011) all received starred reviews in School Library Journal; Rooster Can’t … (Dial 2004) and Bandit were both International Reading Association Children’s Book Council Children’s Choices Award recipients; three of her books, Rooster Can’t… (in 2005), Bandit (in 2009), and Ferret Fun (in 2012) were all chosen for the 100 Best Children’s Books in the Bureau of Education and Research’s Best of the Year Handbook. Rooster Can’t… and Ferret Fun were nominated for the Missouri Show Me Award; Bandit was nominated for the South Carolina Book Award; and Rooster Can’t… was a Dollywood Foundation selection two years in a row (in 2007 the Dollywood Foundation bought 73,579 copies and in 2008 it bought 88,996 copies). Karen’s book, Maddie the Mitzvah Clown (Apples & Honey Press 2017), was named a PJ Library book selection in July of 2017 and went out to 21,000 4-year-olds in the US and Canada. Her latest books Happy Birthday, Trees (KarBen), also a PJ Library Selection, which went out to 30,000 children in 2021; and A Crowded Farmhouse Folktale (Whitman) were both published in 2020.
  • Her other books are: Food Fright (Price Stern Sloan / PRH 2003); Tea Time (Marshall Cavendish 2010); Ferret Fun in the Sun (Marshall Cavendish / Two Lions 2015); and The Family and Frog Haggadah (Behrman House 2017). Her latest book, Don’t Invite a Bear Inside for Hanukkah, will be published by Apples & Honey Press in 2024.

She has co-chaired the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature’s One-on-One Conference four times and is a member of The Authors Guild.

Maria and Karen Rostoker-GruberKaren is also a published humorist. Her first humor book, “The Unofficial College Survival Guide,” was published in 1992 by Great Quotations. Her second book, “Remote Controls Are Better Than Women Because. . .,” was published by Longstreet Press in 1993, and her third book, “Telephones Are Better Than Men Because. . .,” also published by Longstreet Press, came out in 1996. Her latest “If Men Had Babies. . .,” was published by CCC Publications, LLC in 2001.

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