Book Title: Pilar’s Worries
Author: Victoria M. Sanchez
Illustrator: Jess Golden
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Age Range: 4 to 8 years
Pilar worries about everything. Whether it’s being called on in class or messing up
in PE, just about anything can cause her to panic. Especially the thought of having to perform in front of people.
Luckily, she has the help of her friend Sebastian who reminds her to “breathe.”
The one thing that eases all her worries is ballet class. The warmth of the barre and her
toes pressing down on the studio floor can make all her troubles melt away. But when
Pilar realizes that auditions for her favorite ballet are happening the next day, she has to
decide if she’s going to let her worries keep her from doing the thing she loves the most,
This is a wonderfully gentle and inspiring book for anxious children and their parents
looking for ways to talk about and to cope with anxiety. Sanchez’s Author’s Note shares
her personal journey with her daughter, whom Pilar is based on. She also provides
helpful resources for more information on the subject.