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

"Thick, matte stock completes the warmly rumpled look of this loving snapshot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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

"The entirely secular explanation of death and the fact that there is no substitution pet added to the family in the end make this a very worthwhile addition to bibliotheraputic literature for the young. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"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

"Together they make this story one with widespread appeal. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
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 not necessarily a first purchase, there's potential for a good storyteller to enliven the telling and introduce a small audience to a slice of turn-of-the-century New York. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"Another domestic triumph. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"What happens on Wednesdays is I wake up when it is still dark out." Read full book review >