KAREN VALENTIN is a Puerto Rican-American writer who has authored several books including The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith and Hallway Diaries. A graduate of Fordham University with a BA in English Literature, she is also a contributor to Guideposts Books. Karen lives in New York City and is the mother of two little boys. Block Party is the second title in her Allie’s World picture book series. The first title is What Did Abuela Say? Both titles are published by Marimba Books.