Kids Comics Pitchfest 2023 Showcase
Comics creators from around the world submit their unpublished projects to be previewed online by editors and agents. A panel of judges (click here to see the juror list) select the top pitches. Projects are archived here so that industry pros may view them and discover new talent.
Anxious Animals Support Group: Tummy Troubles
Tummy Troubles is the first in a series of creative nonfiction graphic picture books that use humor to spotlight the science of animal body parts.
Gathered at a support group meeting, a curious cast of creatures commiserate about their embarrassing stomachs—one-upping each other’s weirdness from delicious vomit to a stomach that turns inside out to no stomach at all. Amidst the laugh-inducing chaos, tummy troubles turn into triumphs as members help each other realize their perceived weaknesses are actually enviable strengths.
Fans of Elise Gravel’s "Disgusting Critters" series will enjoy the edgy humor while enthusiasts of Sandra Markel’s "What If You Had" animal parts series will devour the fascinating facts.
Age Range:Picture Book
Genre:Animals, Humor, Nonfiction
Page Count Estimate:32
I want to share every aspect of our wondrous world with young readers to encourage a lifetime of loving science. My favorite creative endeavor is finding intriguing ways to make seemingly dull facts come alive. The idea for this series stemmed from my sons and I watching bees pollinate our backyard sunflowers. Of course, we read picture books to learn more about the busy buzzers, and it occurred to me that when we eat honey, we are eating bee vomit, sort of. Gross, yet delicious–honey was the beginning of the Anxious Animals comical concept. I intentionally threaded throughout a theme of community where perspective is gained and uniqueness is celebrated, a model of support for children and the adults whose laps they occupy.
As a former elementary teacher, I have spent the last two decades helping colleagues become rock star science teachers. In addition to developing and delivering training materials, I have written award-winning science curriculum - including editing hundreds of science articles and creating over 600 nonfiction picture book teaching guides. I write expository, narrative, and creative nonfiction picture books and will graduate in May 2024 from Hollins University with my MA in Children’s Literature.