Books by Robert Casilla

LET'S SALSA / BAILEMOS SALSA by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2013

"In attempting to address both the importance of exercise and the value of social activism, the story fails to truly engage readers on either topic. (Bilingual picture book. 6-8)"
Noticing that her mother lacks energy and has put on some weight, young Estela suggests that she join some of the neighbors in the salsa class at the community recreation center. Read full book review >
DOLORES HUERTA by Sarah Warren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A welcome title for children and educators alike. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Warren's debut provides a much-needed biography of a heroine in the struggle for migrant farmworkers' rights. Read full book review >
THE LUNCH THIEF by Anne C. Bromley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Well-meaning but not particularly engaging, this slight story may be most useful in classrooms where tolerance and social-justice issues are being explicitly taught. (Picture book. 8-12)"
When a new classmate steals his lunch, Rafael first hesitates to say anything for fear of a fight, but later, when he sees that the boy is living in a motel, he realizes that Kevin may be stealing because he's hungry. Read full book review >
DANIEL AND THE LORD OF LIONS by Gloria Jean Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A solid treatment, both textually and visually. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
The Old Testament story of Daniel in the lions' den is smoothly retold in this longer story for children in the early elementary grades. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A winner. (Poetry. 7-10)"
In this worthy successor to My Name Is Jorge (1999), Medina again creates a collection of poems in English and Spanish that form a story-in-verse. Read full book review >
MAMA HAD TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Mexican Christmas traditions and Spanish words are interwoven throughout the story, though there is no glossary appended. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Gloria is a Latina girl who lives in San Diego with her mother, a hotel worker, and her father, a migrant farm worker who's away over the Christmas holiday. Read full book review >
FIRST DAY IN GRAPES by L. King Pérez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Although a bit didactic and perhaps a bit overly optimistic, Chico's success story is cheering, and will be useful in introducing some of the issues facing migrant kids. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Chico, the son of migrant workers, faces many first days in new schools, and today is his first day in third grade as well as his family's first day "in grapes." Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF MEXICATL by Jo Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"There is food for thought in Harper's recasting of the legend, which locates the humanity at the center of true leadership. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
The story of a young man destined to be a leader of his people is also the story of the founding of Mexico. Read full book review >
BOYS AT WORK by Gary Soto
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"After a tense but nonviolent climax, this story comes to its comfortable close, an everyday sort of story punctuated by moments of high and low comedy. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Two Latino fourth-graders scramble to raise money when one accidently breaks a local punk's portable CD player. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF JACKIE ROBINSON by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"A fine addition to this notable series. (Author's note) (Biography/Picture book.)"
Adler's (A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1991, etc.; Hilde and Eli, above) latest Picture Book Biography tells how a courageous man and outstanding athlete desegregated major league baseball. Read full book review >
THE POOL PARTY by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"Engaging, gently humorous—with plenty of realistic full-page drawings and a jacket that's sure to attract readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The Herreras are living in a Fresno, California, barrio when Tiffany Perez, one of the richest kids in school, invites Rudy Herrera to a pool party. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE PAINTER OF SABANA GRANDE by Patricia Maloney Markun
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Pleasant and unusual. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fernando's teacher has told him how to make paint with natural materials—charcoal, berries, clay—so that he can continue with his art during the vacation; the one thing lacking is paper. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1991

"Adequate but, of necessity, superficial. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Continuing his very brief biographies, Adler presents the essential facts here in a style so succinct that it can verge on parody (``Franklin's mother Sara often told Franklin and Eleanor what to do...Eleanor didn't complain, but later she refused to be bossed around''). Read full book review >