Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PBParty 1: Karina the Dancer, Character-driven, multicultural PB

Genre: Character-driven, Humorous, Multi-cultural PB
Word Count: 640


Dear Agent,

Free-spirited Karina wants to be a dancer like her older sister, so she signs up for Indian classical dance. But her colorful attire, bopping moves, and improvisations land her in hot water with Guruji, the teacher. Karina learns that to be a dancer, she only needs to follow her inner beat.

KARINA THE DANCER is a 644 - word picture book for children ages 4-8 that celebrates individuality through Indian dance. Karina has the potential to play a similar role for the South Asian community as Marisol McDonald did for the Latino community.

I am an SCBWI member and have been a judge for the Cybils Book Awards in 2011 and 2012. I’ve completed a picture book mentorship with Kathi Appelt. I run a children’s book review blog, Flowering Minds, and assist with curating books for the Stratford Schools (Pre-school-8th grade, 16 campuses). In addition, I participate in critique groups and online writing challenges like 12x12 and PiBoIdMo.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the PBParty.

First 50 Words:

I love to dance.
While walking to school.
            Waiting in line.
                        Even during chores (maybe not).

My sister, Didi, and I practice dance every afternoon.
Didi is a classical dancer.
She’s a graceful peacock with her stomp-stomp-pose.
I’m a zippy butterfly with my flip-flap-twirl.
“You sure you want to start classical dance?” asks Didi.


  1. I'd love to see more of this! Please send to with "Requested" in the subject line. Thank you!

  2. Andrea Cascardi would like you to send the full to – include pitch and a little info about yourselves. Put PBParty Request in the subject line along with the title.

  3. I'd be happy to see more! Please send query and full manuscript (in the body of the email), with PBParty in the subject line, to Submissions at Sarah Jane Thank you!