Teachers will want Leap Write In! for the dozens of novel approaches it suggests to engage students…text models, quotes, and poems serve as inspiration…
— School Library Journal
Write Back Soon! is packed full of fun exercises and tips to inspire your writing.
— Anouska Jones, Kids’ Book Review Australia
Karen Benke’s books are brilliant universes of thought.
— Brett Rawson, Handwritten…a place in space for pen and paper
Rip the Page! is a wonderful companion for the Soule Family Writing Club — appropriate for the youngest members, inspirational for the oldest; thoughtful and, most of all, –fun.
— Amanda Blake Soule, aka Soule Mama
Rip the Page! is a useful reference guide that’ll lead you in the right direction.
— Tabrizia Jones, Young Adult Librarian, New York Public Library
I’m excited to see Karen’s work on reviving letter-writing…
— Jubie John, Executive Director Letter Farms
The fun prompts and wide-ranging essays cover a lot of ground — everything from anecdotes to hands on prompts for inspiration. But the gist of Karen’s books, across the board, is that the best kind of writing helps us not just connect with others, but, in surprising ways, also to ourselves.
— Raluca Albu, Guernica, A Magazine of Art & Politics
I’m a big fan of Rip the Page! I think Karen Benke’s books are inspiring a new generation of writers. My francophone family in Toronto, Ontario looks forward to seeing Ms. Benke’s books translated into French!
— Deborah Mesher, Parent
I’m very inspired by Karen Benke’s books. We need more of these great tools to help children–including the large kids, i.e. adults–create and tap into their wisdom.
— Julie Wilson, Founder and Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Learning
Thank you, Karen Benke, for seeing young people in all their dynamic magic. I am so excited about your book Leap Write In! and will be purchasing it for all of our campuses!
— Grace Colman Losada, Director of Education at Fusion Education Group
I use Rip the Page, Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon! for class visits to the library all the time. They are an invaluable resource for sparking the creative mind and they pretty much live on my desk.
— Mike Romanos, Children’s Room Dir. & Education Coordinator, Poets House NYC
Karen’s workshop with the kids at NYPL was great fun. I guess I knew that my book club kids were smart, but it wasn’t until I started reading the stuff they wrote using Rip the Page! that I realized just how bloody brilliant they could be.
— Betsy Bird, former NYPL Librarian, current SLJ blogger at A Fuse #8 Production
Karen has a natural ability to communicate her subject clearly and extremely effectively. She is supportive and kind and brings out the best in children’s writing…even those who are reluctant writers.
— Hillery Jaffe-Urell, K-8 Private School Administrator
I highly recommend Leap Write In! to any teacher or student of writing as a means to get thoroughly inspired. Leap! contains innovative and fun writing prompts…
— Albert Flynn DeSilver, Author of Writing As a Path to Awakening
Karen’s books have great success inspiring kids to write and create.
— Jessica Ryan, Senior Children’s Librarian, Mill Valley Public Library
First the kids loved Write Back Soon! They understood that they were sending a gift by writing a letter. Then the grandmothers loved it. All kinds of gifts coming and going, starting with a handwritten letter…
The Executive Director of Junior Leadership Development Program, the Principal of Inspire School of Arts and Sciences and I are in discussions to utilize Rip the Page! Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon! in the school’s English classes. Karen Benke’s books are the magic key! More young writers soon to be unleashed!
— Grant Branson, Program Development Director, Junior Leadership Development Program