Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 5, 2019

Book Giveaway – EVERYBODY CAN DANCE by Kara Navolio

Kara Navolio has written a picture book titled, EVERYBODY CAN DANCE. She has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Kara!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


The music starts. You feel the beat.

You clap your hands and tap your feet.

Everybody twist and twirl!

Everybody can dance!


“Everybody Can Dance!” was a book I was meant to write. Many things in my life led up to the creation of this book. Let’s start with the summer of 1980 when I was 16. I went to Spain as a foreign exchange student and was placed with the Olavide family in Madrid. The parents, Isabel and Javier, had 5 children:  Bela and 4 boys. I spent most of the summer following Bela around to her dance classes, get-togethers with friends and cousins, sight- seeing and shopping.  Bela went on to become a professional Flamenco dancer, traveling around the world. She returned to Madrid and opened her own dance studio. Although I stayed in touch with the Olavides through yearly Christmas cards, I would not see Bela again until 2016, 36 years later!

When my husband and I decided to take a trip to Spain in 2016, it was a blissful reunion. Bela invited us to see her students dance. I didn’t know until I arrived at the show that Bela’s students were young adults with Down Syndrome.  Seeing the joy in their faces and the pride Bela had in her students made my heart burst. It was beautiful.

Yet, the idea for a children’s book was nowhere in my thoughts at that time. I was working on two other manuscripts not related to dance. It was not until 2017, when I was revisiting my memories of that trip, that the idea came to me in a flash. With thoughts of Bela’s students combined with my experience watching my daughter dance for 15 years and seeing my niece Jenna, who is a Little Person, dance when she was younger, the idea that every person has this desire to express themselves was born.  I knew then that I wanted to write a children’s book that showed kids that dance is one way we can all come together. No matter what we look like or what our skill level is, dance is unifying. I wanted to write a book that could do its small part to show kids that we are all more alike than different.

I furiously wrote a first draft, took it to my critique groups, and revised. My critique groups helped me a lot with getting the rhythm right. I had never written in rhyme before and didn’t really know what I was doing, but I knew that a book about dance needed to have a good beat. I revised it 17 times heading into a writing conference at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. There I got lots of positive feedback but no offers. I spent another year sending it to agents and small presses. Finally in April 2018, Brandylane Publishers offered me a contract.

They found the perfect illustrator for this project, Ruth-Mary Smith, who brought my vision to life and added her own touches to make it even better. I loved working with a small press as it allowed me a lot of involvement with feedback on illustrations and cover design. I also loved that it only took 1 year to see my first book in print.


Kara writes stories for children that focus on the joys and wonders of childhood. She is also a freelance writer, telling stories of real life heroes and interesting people for several local newspapers since 2015.
Kara has been working with children since her college days. Even as she was earning a degree in Business from UC Berkeley, she was volunteering in a local school helping children learn to read. When she had her own two children she volunteered in their classrooms and at their schools for 16 years. Currently she is a docent at The Bedford Gallery where she takes school children on tours and teaches art in local schools.

She loves to read, travel, take photographs, paint, hike, dance, cook, and spend time with her family. She lives in Walnut Creek, California with her husband and everyday makes it a goal to learn something new.
Her first picture book “Everybody Can Dance!” will be released in May 2019 by Brandylane Publishers, Inc. It celebrates the joy of dance with a message of inclusion and shows children that no matter what you look like, your physical ability or style, everybody can dance!
Visit her at

Kara, thank you for sharing your book and its journey with us. Any book that promotes dancing and celebrates our differences, brings a smile to my face. With these beautiful illustrations, it looks like a winner to me. Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I love to read this book.


  2. Perseverance pays off! This looks like a fun book to get kids of all ages, sizes, shapes, and abilities up and moving:-)


  3. Who wouldn’t love this book? I shared on pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity!


  4. This looks like a truly joyful book. Thanks for telling me about it. But I have to say, I really can’t dance.


  5. This looks like such an affirmative book, kids will love it and adults will be inspired too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Everybody Can Dance!
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image on Pinterest with a link as well:
    I also follow your blog daily by email:
    Thanks again, have a great day!!


  6. What a beautiful book! Many congratulations and thanks for the chance to share good news and good words!


  7. Oooops! forgot to leave my places shared:

    pinterest board “book wish”:


  8. We all love to dance! It is going to inspire kids and adults to express themselves!


  9. Wonderful! I loved reading about your inspiration for this book. Perfect! Congratulations, Kara!

    Sharing this on Twitter and I follow your blog by email. 🙂


  10. Love the journey to this book!


  11. ❤️❤️❤️can’t wait to share with my son in law whose sister is a little person❤️


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