Book Birthday Bash: Count Me In

Book Birthday Bash


Count Me In by Varsha BajajHappy Book Birthday to COUNT ME IN!

COUNT ME IN is an uplifting story told in alternating voices by two middle schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism.

We’re so happy you’re at our party for COUNT ME IN. Join in the fun…


Under the tree near the school which is decorated with hearts made by the children to support Chris and Karina.


Bollywood dance music mixed with Taylor Swift.

Cake topped with berries | Photo from

Cake topped with berries | Photo from


Samosas, cake topped with a pile of berries and whipped cream topping.


Basketball. Since its the passion that Chris and Papa share. Karina will have acquired some skills too.


COUNT ME IN buttons and signs.

COUNT ME IN is written by Varsha Bajaj and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Group. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Varsha Bajaj

Varsha Bajaj

Varsha Bajaj is the award-winning author of picture books and middle grade novels. Her latest picture book, THE HOME BUILDERS, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani, was published by Nancy Paulsen books in February 2019. Her picture book, THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, was a Bank Street of Education, Best Books of 2016. Varsha’s middle grade novel, ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD, (Albert Whitman & Company, 2014) was on the Spirit of Texas, middle-grade reading list, was shortlisted for the Cybils and won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award. Her picture book, HOW MANY KISSES DO YOU WANT TONIGHT? illustrated by Ivan Bates, was on the Texas 2×2 list in 2005. Born in India, Varsha came to America in Fall 1986, to pursue graduate studies Psychology. After earning her master’s degree, she worked at the St. Louis University Medical Center as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Follow Varsha on Twitter.

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