Karen Chaplin


Executive Editor of PB/MG/YA fiction/nonfiction for Harper Children's/Teen. Mom to humans and cats. Aspiring photographer. TV addict. Girl with a sweet tooth.

On the fringe...always

Harper Collins Children's Books

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · May 5

Quarantining gives one time to think. I’d love an epic matzah-finding Passover book. (Why I thought of this...no idea.) I want action. Clever silliness. Adventure. Would the four sons be involved? Who knows! A picture book of epic proportions...to find the elusive matzah. #mswl

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · Mar 23

Agents, please send me some "happy" MG and YA. Funny school stories maybe? And all YA Rom-Coms welcome! #MSWL

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · 29 Jul 2019

#mswl MG I’d love to see a manuscript about the drama, the friendships, etc., that happen in an after-school aftercare program that’s part of a middle school but not really. A Breakfast-Club-esque kind of group.

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · 16 Apr 2019

I would love a poignant mg novel that explores ADHD and Aspergers and all the social issues that come along with navigating middle school. #MSWL

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · 6 Dec 2017

Illustrated middle-grade stories! #mswl There are kids out there clamoring for them. Kids who find an all-text novel too scary. Kids who have outgrown chapter books but who aren't ready for a novel. They need those illustrated stories!

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · 20 Apr 2017

Looking for a Wes Anderson-esque YA. Bring on the quirkiness, weirdness, darkness, or any other type -ness a la Royal Tenenbaums. #mswl

Karen Chaplin @CapChapReads · 30 Mar 2017

YA abt religious teens (any religion incl Jewish Orthodox) leaving religion w hard transition to secular life re friends/fam/romance #mswl