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Lauren Castillo

Author of Nana in the City

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About the Author

Includes the name: Lauren Castillo

Works by Lauren Castillo

Nana in the City (2014) 407 copies
Christmas Is Here (2010) 128 copies
The Troublemaker (1742) 79 copies
Melvin and the Boy (1829) 63 copies
Just Like Millie (2024) 10 copies
Nana in the Country (2024) 8 copies

Associated Works

Yard Sale (2015) — Illustrator — 326 copies
Happy Like Soccer (2012) — Illustrator — 248 copies
Twenty Yawns (2016) — Illustrator — 243 copies
Imagine (2018) — Illustrator — 209 copies
The Reader (2012) — Illustrator — 139 copies
Buffalo Music (2008) — Illustrator — 117 copies
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Contributor — 98 copies
What Happens on Wednesdays (2007) — Illustrator — 93 copies
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White (2017) — Illustrator — 92 copies
Spunky Tells All (2011) — Illustrator — 87 copies
City Cat (2013) — Illustrator — 74 copies
It Is Not Time for Sleeping (A Bedtime Story) (2016) — Illustrator — 61 copies
Alfie Runs Away (2010) — Illustrator — 49 copies
That's Papa's Way (2009) — Illustrator — 43 copies
Big Cat Pepper (2009) — Illustrator — 36 copies
The Pig and Miss Prudence (2008) — Illustrator — 3 copies


Common Knowledge

Paul Rodeen
Short biography
[from author's website]
Lauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, and new chapter book series, Our Friend Hedgehog. Lauren has also illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including Kirkus Prize finalist Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera, Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, and Yard Sale by Eve Bunting. She currently draws and dreams in Harrisburg, PA.



A girl and her mom have moved to a new apartment in a new city. The girl likes their home, where she feels safe; she declines her mom's offers to take her to the park, and when Mom tries to arrange a playdate, "my face turned hot and my eyes felt wet." Even a storytime at a bookstore is too much. So one day, Mom takes the girl to the animal shelter, where she meets Millie: "A not too big, not too small dog. A just right dog." She overcomes her nerves and pets the dog, and they bring Millie home. On daily walks, the girl notices that Millie is friendly to everyone they meet: "Millie wagged back. She wasn't afraid." The girl feels safe with Millie, and encountering new people becomes less scary each time. The girl even agrees to take Millie to the dog park, because she knows the dog will like it there. While Millie plays, the girl and her mom sit on a bench, and another mom and girl approach. This girl is equally shy, and the first girl suggests, to her mom's surprise, that they go over and say hello. "It felt safe. And just like Millie, I made a friend."

A beautiful story of overcoming shyness enough to make a friend. Millie the dog is an inspiration, and Mom shows patience with her daughter needing to do things in her own way and at her own pace.
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JennyArch | May 22, 2024 |
K-Gr 3—A delightful chapter book, strongly reminiscent of Winnie-the-Pooh, invites readers into a forest filled with
anthropomorphized critters as they share friendship stories. While enjoyable as an independent read, this lovely
volume can be shared with adults, as they are likely to pick up on more subtle themes and can guide discussion.
Sweet but on the safe side of saccharine, Hedgehog charms.
BackstoryBooks | 7 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
A standalone sequel to Nana in the City, this book isn't quite as strong as that one, but it's lovely all the same. The grandchild - now the host, not the guest - can't wait to show Nana "everything I love," but is a bit disappointed that they can't show Nana how to do anything - she already knows it all! But when some sheep escape during a thunderstorm, it's the grandchild who remembers how to lure them back with a carrot treat. When it's time for Nana to return to the city, she goes with a souvenir (a feather) in her hat.… (more)
JennyArch | Mar 7, 2024 |
A gentle one with Winnie the Pooh vibes. Not action-packed, but sweet.
sloth852 | 7 other reviews | Feb 16, 2024 |



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