Karina the Dancer
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 650 – word picture book for children ages 4-8 that celebrates individuality through Indian dance. Please find my manuscript pasted below.
I’m a 2nd generation American of South Asian descent. 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 12×12 and PiBoIdMo.