Books by Lauren Castillo

THE READER by Amy Hest
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A charming (if rather implausible) celebration of a snowy, book-y, day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Reading anytime, anywhere is touted in this story about a boy, his dog and a snowy day. Read full book review >
HAPPY LIKE SOCCER by Maribeth Boelts
Released: May 1, 2012

"Boelts' quiet tale celebrates the perseverance of a young girl as she attempts to achieve her goals. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Soccer is a bittersweet mix of sorrow and joy for Sierra. Read full book review >
SPUNKY TELLS ALL by Ann Cameron
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers ready for chapter books will delight in seeing the world through Spunky's eyes and powerful nose. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The beloved family of Julian and Huey Bates (The Stories Julian Tells, 1981, etc.) is back after a long hiatus. Spunky, their mixed-breed dog, hilariously reveals all about his humans and realizes his purpose in life. Read full book review >
MELVIN AND THE BOY by Lauren Castillo
ANIMALS
Released: July 5, 2011

"Emotionally true and therefore highly satisfying. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy wants a pet, but his parents turn down his requests until he asks to bring a turtle home from a pond in the park. Read full book review >
THAT’S PAPA’S WAY by Kate Banks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

Father and daughter head out to fish in the early dawn; Papa picks up the earthworms with his fingers, while the narrator scoops them with her shovel. Read full book review >

BIG CAT PEPPER by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Mama, me, and Pepper, / always been this way. / Never been without him, / even for a day." Read full book review >

BUFFALO MUSIC by Tracey E. Fern
ANIMALS
Released: May 19, 2008

When Molly first settled in West Texas, she did her chores to "buffalo music," the noises made by massive herds of buffalo grazing nearby. Read full book review >

THE PIG AND MISS PRUDENCE by Linda Stanek
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

While it strives to fit into the cheery mode of The Old Woman and Her Pig, this doesn't have the simplicity of the classic. Read full book review >

WHAT HAPPENS ON WEDNESDAYS by Emily Jenkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"What happens on Wednesdays is I wake up when it is still dark out." Read full book review >