Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PBParty 20: Being Bailey Rae, Character Driven

Genre: Character driven picture book
Word Count: 775

Dear Agent:
I would like to present for your consideration my 775 word picture book for children ages 4-8, Being Bailey Rae. Bailey Rae’s character might be described as a cross between David of No, David by David Shannon and Kika of Kika, the Upside-Down Girl by Jessica Tudos. Bailey Rae is a spunky girl on the move.
Enter the world of Bailey Rae Johnson, a precocious seven year old girl who sees the world from a different point of view; upside down! Unfortunately, this position is not acceptable in her first grade classroom. Follow Bailey as she twists and turns her way through a day at school, and with some guidance and new flexible seating options, channels her energy to be the best Bailey Rae imaginable.
My work has “appeared in classrooms from Massachusetts to Texas”, where my stories have been shared with countless numbers of captive elementary students!  In addition to being a teacher, I am a singer/songwriter, a member of SCBWI, and most importantly, I am one of two mothers of two girls. It is through our experiences that I draw inspiration for my stories.
Bailey Rae appears in two additional manuscripts I have written. I am most interested in seeing my books published as ones that naturally feature diverse characters who reflect our world as opposed to  books that have multiculturalism or diversity as their central theme. In this book, Bailey is a person of color with two moms.
Included in this communication is the manuscript for your review.  I understand that you will respond to me if interested.  Many thanks for your time and attention.
First 50 Words:
Mama says I am really good at “being Bailey Rae”.
At home, it’s easy being me. I watch t.v. upside down!
At school, it’s not so easy being me.
“Bailey, please sit in the bean bag chair.” Mrs. Parker doesn’t think headstands are a good idea in the classroom.


  1. I'd like to see this! Please send the manuscript and query to cheschke[at]mcintoshandotis [dot]com

  2. I'd love to see more of this manuscript. Please send the manuscript and query to and include "Requested" in the subject line of your email. Thanks!

  3. I'd love to take a look at this! Please send the full manuscript to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com

  4. I'm loving the voice and personality here! I'd love to see more. Please send the full manuscript and query to LBiagi (at) jvnla (dot) com and include PBParty in the subject line. Looking forward to reading!