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Kari van Wakeren


About Kari van Wakeren
Kari van Wakeren is a wife, mom, Lutheran pastor, and author of the children’s book, Bubble Wrap Girl, as well as several articles published in Definite Woman and Gather magazines.  Bubble Wrap Girl celebrates resilience and the courage to try new things and was nominated for a 2017 NEMBA award.  Kari enjoys sharing the message that we all have what it takes within us to do hard and great things with audiences of all ages.  She lives in central Minnesota with her family and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Luther Seminary.   

About Bubble Wrap Girl by Kari van Wakeren
Published June 2018

Available at Itasca Books,, and

ISBN : 987-1-59298-799-3


32 pages

Children’s book ages 4-8

Izzy Magee gets bumps and bruises when she does the things she likes- chasing her brother, dancing in the kitchen, and riding her bike. Getting hurt is a hang-up for Izzy, so one day she decides to cover herself in bubble wrap. Her plan works like a charm...until the bubble wrap gets in the way of doing the things she likes. Eventually, Izzy realizes that getting hurt is a part of life- and she isn't going to let it get in the way of having fun!

Midwest Book Review
According to Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer for Midwest Book Review, “Izzy loves being active and playing games: there's only one problem. Activity often translates to pain as she trips, falls off her bike, bangs body parts, and slips. Like any normal child, she doesn't like getting hurt - and so her parents decide on a radical solution.

At first Izzy loves her changed circumstances. She can encounter the outside world without fear and she can play as hard as she wants without getting hurt. However, safety comes with a price, and Izzy eventually must decide if that price is worth paying.
Bubble Wrap Girl is a fun picture book with a message about choices, costs, and the price of engagement and non-engagement. It features colorful drawings by CA Nobens, who brings Izzy's dilemmas to life, and it holds simple one- to three-sentence descriptions that lend to either parental read-aloud or early reader pursuit. Most of all, it provides a dilemma and reviews the merits of a solution that holds the power to change how Izzy chooses to interact with her world.
Engaging, different, and fun, Bubble Wrap Girl packages its uncommon message with an unexpected twist that kids and their parents will relish.”

Press Release

Minnesota author Kari van Wakeren has written a children's book to inspire kids of all ages to not let life's bumps and bruises get in the way of doing hard and great things. Inspired by van Wakeren's daughter, Bubble Wrap Girl is a book of kids of all ages that celebrates resilience and growth mindset in a delightful way.

van Wakeren wrote the book to share the message that we all have what it takes within us to do hard and great things. Sometimes that great thing may be trying a new activity. Sometimes it may mean standing up to a bully or doing what's right, rather than easy. And sometimes it means believing in yourself enough to let your light shine rather than let others subdue it.

van Wakeren lives in Alexandria, MN with her family and is a graduate of UM-Duluth and Luther Seminary.

Bubble Wrap Girl is available on Amazon and barnesandnoble.comYou may also order a personalized copy by emailing  

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